Silver & Black Give Back today announced 20 student-led groups as the 2013-14 Team Up Challenge semifinalists. Each group will receive $2,500 to begin their service learning projects. The 20 semifinalists were selected based on proposals submitted for projects to improve their communities. The semifinalists were announced in a surprise ceremony at the AT&T Center with help from R.C. Buford, President of Sports Franchises for Spurs Sports & Entertainment, the Coyote and the Silver Dancers.
This year, semifinalists projects serve a wide range of community needs with many focusing on health and fitness, going green, caring for the elderly and increasing literacy rates. Next spring, five groups will be selected as Champions based on their work within the community and presented with a check for $20,000.
2013-14 TEAM UP CHALLENGE SEMIFINALISTS:
This year’s Team Up Challenge semifinalists: Bexar County Academy (Leading Leaders), Big Country Elementary School (Camp Half Blood Book Club), Brewer Elementary School (Third Grade), Cisneros Elementary School (Community Service Club), Connell Middle School (The Knight Writers), Harris Middle School (Green Team), Hartman Elementary School (Student Council), Jordan Intermediate School (“Because We Can” Leadership Club), Keystone School with the Playhouse San Antonio (TRIBE), Metzger Middle School (Mustang Muscle), Martin Luther King Academy (National Junior Honor Society), Pershing Elementary School (Gardening Club), Rodriguez Elementary School (Baking with Books), St. Luke’s Episcopal School (St. Luke’s Tigers), Stevens High School (GT Leadership Class), Storm Elementary School (The Bobcats), Vineyard Ranch Elementary School (Learners to Leaders), Whittier Middle School (National Junior Honor Society), Wilson Elementary School (Gardening Club), and Zachry Middle School (Book Club).
The Team Up Challenge 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. As a premier initiative of Silver & Black Give Back, Spurs and Rampage players have worked alongside the students to help bring their vision to life. Visit TeamUpChallenge.com for more information.
Silver & Black Give Back is a 501(c)(3) public charity that invests in the community in partnership with the entire Spurs Sports & Entertainment family of teams. For more than 25 years our players, coaches and staff have focused on fostering young talent and enriching the community by encouraging local youth to become responsible adults and give back through programs like Spurs Youth Basketball League and Team Up Challenge. Together, our community has the power to empower and create lasting change throughout San Antonio. More information on Silver and Black Give Back can be found at www.sbgb.org.