San Antonio Sports, the local nonprofit sports commission, has acquired Kids Sports Network (KSN), a nonprofit association dedicated to the enhancement of non-school youth sports. The announcement was made by Russ Bookbinder, President & CEO of San Antonio Sports. Boards of directors for both organizations have approved the acquisition.
San Antonio Sports mission is to transform our community through the power of sport and does so through kids programs and premier events. “Combining these two organizations will allow us to reach more kids and expand what we can offer to parents and children and those who are part of the ever-expanding world of youth sports,” said Russ Bookbinder.
KSN’s mission has been to promote quality non-school sports and fitness for children between the ages of 3 and 19 through the education of coaches, parents and administrators; special events and activities; public awareness and regular networking with youth sports organizations and agencies. “KSN has a long history of involvement in youth sports activities and coaches’ education, and the opportunity to join one of the nation’s most respected sports commissions will enhance our services to the community,” said Brandon Parrott, CEO of KSN.
Several of KSN’s full-time staff will now be employed by San Antonio Sports, with Brandon Parrott serving as San Antonio Sports’ Vice President of Events and Business Development. Select KSN programs and events, including the Spurs Youth Basketball League, San Antonio High School All-Star Football Game and Coach Ed training and certification will continue.
San Antonio Sports also announced Mary Ullmann Japhet has been named San Antonio Sports’ Senior Vice President, Communications and Community Engagement, and Sylvia Montemayor, Vice President of Finance and Administration. Japhet, who has been with the organization since 2001, will continue to manage the organization’s marketing and public relations functions and will add oversight of its development initiatives and youth programs. Montemayor, a CPA who has been with the organization for one year, will oversee its finance, human resources and grant departments.
“We are excited about the future of San Antonio Sports and what we can accomplish to benefit our community,” said Bookbinder. “Our leadership team and the talented group of members that make up our team will continue to position us as one of the premier organizations in our field.”
For a complete list of San Antonio Sports staff, visit sanantoniosports.org.
About San Antonio Sports
San Antonio Sports is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform our community through the power of sport. San Antonio Sports bids on and hosts premier sporting events such as NCAA® championships, which have generated a local economic impact of more than $426 million. San Antonio Sports kids programs, including our after school program, the Community Olympic Development Program, Valero Go!Kids Challenge™ and ING Kids Rock marathon training program, annually touch the lives of more than 180,000 children in San Antonio through sports training and fitness programs. Additionally, San Antonio Sports serves as a catalyst for the development of quality recreational and athletic facilities in our community. To learn more, visit SanAntonioSports.org
KSN was a unique nonprofit association totally dedicated to the enhancement of non-school youth sports. KSN provided education and support to volunteer coaches, parents and administrators, by publicizing the benefits of sports participation to the public, by acting as a clearinghouse for youth sports information and by conducting a variety of special events and programs.