Silver & Black Give Back announced today the Summer Team Up Challenge Champions. Youth-led groups from Any Baby Can, Catholic Charities and Respite Care were selected from 10 semifinalists and awarded with $10,000 each to continue their work in the community.
SUMMER TEAM UP CHALLENGE CHAMPIONS:
Any Baby Can “Fit Kids and Sibs”
The Any Baby Can summer project “Fit Kids and Sibs!” provided free fitness community classes that focused on teaching siblings of individuals with a developmental disability how to incorporate their brothers and sisters into fitness and games. The group plans to use the $10,000 to continue the “Fit Kids and Sibs” program throughout the year.
Catholic Charities “School Impact Program”
The refugee students in the School Impact Program learned about the importance of recycling and waste management. The students created a video to share with the community about recycling and gave out bins for each household to continue to recycle. They are working to educate the refugee population of San Antonio about going green. With the $10,000 Catholic Charities will continue their work and create by creating recycling pamphlets in their native languages to distribute throughout their community.
Respite Care: “Respite Kids Get Fit”
Respite Care hosted “Take Home Tuesdays” and “Fitness Fridays” where children at the daycare documented their nutrition and fitness and participated in hands-on learning activities and field trips that focused on healthy living. They will use the $10,000 to continue their program and to provide special needs children with exercise bikes and equipment to accommodate their needs.
The Team Up Challenge is a youth-led service-learning initiative that encourages students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world, bringing education alive in powerful ways. Students create projects that address needs that will help improve their community in one of five categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness or Uniformed Services.
During the summer, youth-serving nonprofits apply for the program and 10 are selected as Team Up Challenge semifinalists. Each received $1,000 to work on their projects throughout the summer and the three champions are awarded $10,000 to continue to implement positive change in our community.
Applications for the 2013-2014 Academic Year Team Up Challenge are now available on TeamUpChallenge.com.
About Silver & Black Give Back
Silver & Black Give Back is the nonprofit partner of the Spurs Sports & Entertainment family of teams; the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), Rampage (AHL), Silver Stars (WNBA) and Austin Toros (NBA Developmental League). For 25 years, our players, coaches and staff have been focused on fostering young talent and enriching the community by encouraging local youth to become responsible adults and give back. Through our unique resources and opportunities, we work to creatively engage young people to enrich their communities. By offering youth sports programs, such as the Silver Stars andSpurs Youth Basketball Leagues, and youth-led service programs like the Team Up Challenge, we’ve invested in and empowered hundreds of thousands of young people over the last 25 years. While sport is our business, community is our passion. www.sbgb.org