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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - October 2014
San Antonio Sports

October, 2014

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Getting Kicks from Soccer
Getting Kicks from Soccer!

San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame 

Something for Everyone

Lots going on here at San Antonio Sports! Are you a football fan? Inspired by talented athletes who compete with physical disabilities? A runner? We have events that cover the gamut. The selection committee has begun the process of naming area high school seniors to rosters for the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game presented by H-E-B and will begin announcing players soon. Don’t miss the best lineup of high school showcase games in the country on Jan. 3 in the Alamodome. Your 2-for-1 ticket allows you to see the top 90 players in the country compete in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl which precedes our game. You can also vote for your favorite local high school cheer squad participating in the San Antonio Sports Cheer Challenge, powered by CPS Energy. 

For the second year, San Antonio Sports is hosting the Valor Games Southwest, supported by World Car. This three-day event serves as an entry-level competition for veterans and active duty military personnel with physical disabilities. So often, sport is part of the rehabilitation process, and these athletes demonstrate the transformational power of sport. 

The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and 1/2 Marathon has moved from November to the first weekend in December, and we’re hoping for cooler temperatures. This is a huge event in which San Antonio Sports coordinates almost 3,500 volunteers! SUBWAY® KiDS ROCK kicks off in elementary schools on October 13 and encourages kids to run every day to train for the SUBWAY® KiDS ROCK fun run at Sea World on December 6. We still need volunteers for the expo and each of the other runs affiliated with the weekend. If you have some time, we’d love to see you. 

Join us as we make a difference.  Donate. Participate.  Volunteer. Help us transform our community through the power of sport.

Russ Bookbinder
President and CEO

Hundreds of enthusiastic fans brought their energy to the Rivercenter Mall lagoon on September 10, welcoming members of the NCAA Division I Final Four selection committee to San Antonio. The committee was in town conducting a site visit for hosting Final Fours from 2017 to 2020. The free floating pep rally featured “Bring IT!” t-shirts, posters, the UTSA marching band and cheerleaders and gave a glimpse of why San Antonio is the perfect place to host a Final Four. Committee Chairman Scott Barnes told the San Antonio Express News, “I got chills down my spine when I saw it. One of the first things I asked was who were all these folks? That speaks to the spirit of a city and how important having an event like this would be here.”

San Antonio is one of eight cities vying for four dates. “It's amazing the competition that's out there, as it relates to new facilities and the state-of-the-art venues that are going up,” Barnes said to the Express News. “The thing that San Antonio offers, in terms of the fan and student-athlete experience even outside the venue, is incredible. It's even become more important to our committee members that plan those events. And certainly inside the venue, the things we have asked to be addressed have certainly been addressed.”

The committee will announce its selection in November.

Valor Games Southwest supported by World Car
For the second year, San Antonio Sports will host the Valor Games Southwest, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The Valor Games, supported by World Car, is a multi-sport event with the goal of providing an adaptive sports competition to veterans and service members with a physical disability. Six sports will be offered: archery, cycling, kayaking, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball and air guns. Competitions will take place at Mission Concepción Sports Park and Sea World San Antonio.

To see what this amazing competition is all about, watch this short video. If you’d like to volunteer, click here

Lacrosse and Soccer Offered in Bexar County Games presented by Ancira
BCG Lacrosse
Did you know one of the fastest growing NCAA sports is lacrosse? It’s also one of the fastest growing high school sports. According to U.S. Lacrosse, nearly 750,000 athletes played lacrosse last year, an increase of 25,000. Lacrosse tournaments are pretty sparse in San Antonio, even though we have a number of school and club teams. They almost always have to go elsewhere to play in competitions. But not this November! San Antonio Sports will host the Bexar County Games, presented by Ancira, San Antonio Cup Lacrosse Tournament Nov. 29-30.

If lacrosse isn’t your game, how about soccer? More American’s than ever watched the World Cup this summer and the sport continues to steadily increase in popularity. San Antonio Sports will host the Bexar County Games, presented by Ancira, Sea World Copa Rayados Internacional Nov. 26-30. There will be elite international divisions, as well as an under 14 mid to developmental level. Three of Bexar County’s finest soccer venues will be hosting various divisions. 

To learn more about the lacrosse and soccer competitions, or for registration information, visit

San Antonio Sports All-Star Game powered by H-E-B
Top local high school players will meet on the field at the Alamodome on January 3 as East battles West in the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game, presented by H-E-B. The game will feature players committed to some of the top universities in the county, as well as players looking for an additional chance to impress college scouts with potential scholarships to offer. The San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game at 4:30 p.m. follows the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which kicks off at noon. The team will be announced later this month. 

There’s also an All-Star Cheer Challenge, powered by CPS Energy with eight local cheer squads winning the opportunity to cheer at the nationally televised U.S. Army All-American Bowl or the locally televised San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game. To learn more about the game or the cheer challenge, click here. Tune into Thursday Night Lights on the CW35 to see players selected beginning October 9. 

Blue Cross & Blue Shield

BlueCross BlueshieldThanks to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas, the presenting sponsor of the 2014 Fit Family Challenge. Their popular blue bear mascot was a hit with kids, and their health information was a hit with participants. Additionally, Dr. Esteban Lopez, president, San Antonio region, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas and a pediatrician, participated in media interviews sharing his knowledge of the importance of exercising and eating healthfully together as a family. 

UTSA Hosting Coaching Clinic
The UTSA's women's basketball program is hosting its annual coaches clinic on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 1-4 p.m. It’s FREE for high school, junior high, AAU or youth league coaches. Head coach Lubomyr Lichonczak will headline four speakers. For more information, contact Kristen Holt at 210.458.4189 or


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