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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - December 2014
San Antonio Sports

December, 2014

Another Year in the Books

San Antonio Sports transforms our community through the power of sport. And our community turns to us for programs that encourage healthy kids, provide places to play and events that impact. Please consider making an end of year donation to San Antonio Sports because it provides resources that make an immediate impact.

As I wrap up my second year as President & CEO of San Antonio Sports, I'm reflecting on an amazing year of accomplishment by our board and staff. Having the 2018 NCAA® Men's Final Four awarded to San Antonio was one of many great successes for our community. The Bexar County Games, presented by Ancira included the SeaWorld Copa Rayados Internacional that delivered an estimated $5 million of direct spending to San Antonio over Thanksgiving weekend. More than 7,000 family members participated in our Fit Family Challenge, presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas. One-thousand children in our i play! afterschool program got to participate in SUBWAY® KiDS ROCK, one of my favorite events during the Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon weekend. The smiles and joy reflected on their faces as they crossed the finish line were inspiring. Each child also received a FREE entry to SeaWorld San Antonio. What a way to spend a day!

San Antonio Sports is committed to making a positive impact - for you, for your children, for every person in the community. Please help to make this possible with your contribution.

Your donation will make a world of difference. I promise you. Thank you so much for your help.

Russ Bookbinder
President and CEO

San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game presented by H-E-B
Game day is less than a month away! If you're a high school football fan, make sure you're at the Alamodome on Saturday, January 3. The San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game, presented by H-E-B will feature 100 of the area's top seniors from 50 schools in a competition of East vs. West. Kickoff is at 4:30 and follows the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at noon which will feature some of the top players in the country. One ticket gets you into both games and can be purchased at Ticketmaster, H-E-B Ticketmaster locations or the Alamodome Box Office.

International Soccer Tournament part of Bexar County Games

The SeaWorld Copa Rayados Internacional youth soccer tournament, one of four San Antonio Sports Bexar County Games presented by Ancira competitions, generated an economic impact of $5 million for the local economy during its four-day tenure in November. The estimate was determined using an economic impact calculator provided by the National Association of Sports Commissions.

"This is a conservative estimate,” said Russ Bookbinder, President & CEO of San Antonio Sports. "But we know with Black Friday shopping opportunities, our weekend visitors, especially those from Mexico, were eager to get to our local shopping malls after their games. The impact of that direct spending is not reflected in the economic impact estimate.”

The SeaWorld Copa Rayados Internacional was the largest international soccer tournament in Texas, and the largest soccer tournament in San Antonio, with 245 teams playing games at three separate soccer complexes. It attracted an estimated total of 4,900 participants and spectators, which included 62 teams from Mexico, 146 teams from across Texas, and seven from other states. The calculation includes room nights, direct hotel and rental car expenditures, food and beverage, entertainment, and clothing expenditures.

"San Antonio is the perfect location—geographically and as a destination—for this international tournament,” explained Scott Spencer, tournament director and U.S. representative for Monterrey Rayados. "Having SeaWorld as the title sponsor and opening ceremony host added a special element that made this tournament unique. Based upon the response from competitors, next year will be even bigger.”


Winners Announced in All-Star Cheer Challenge
Congratulations to John Jay High School's cheer squad who won the San Antonio Sports All-Star Cheer Challenge powered by CPS Energy. The top four cheer teams from the challenge will get to choose to cheer in either the nationally televised (NBC) U.S. Army All-American Bowl or the locally televised (CW35) San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game, presented by H-E-B on Saturday, January, 3 2015 in the Alamodome.

Winners were selected by a combination of ticket sales (three points) and public votes (one point). The remaining teams represent (in order) Memorial, East Central, Reagan, Brackenridge, Taft, Saint Mary's Hall and O' Connor High Schools.

San Antonio Sports Names Vice President of Development
San Antonio Sports has named Staci L. Almager vice president of development. Almager will oversee development strategy for individuals, corporations, foundations and grants. Almager was previously executive director for Transplants for Children. Her professional experience includes working for Frost & Sullivan, a global research firm, working on both the Healthcare and Industrial Automation and Process Control business teams. 

A native of rural Kansas, Almager and her family have called San Antonio home for more than 20 years. She moved to San Antonio in 1996 to follow a pediatric surgeon who performed multiple corrective surgeries for her critically ill daughter. San Antonio is where Almager met her husband John and they have four children. 

Her community service includes serving as a Thousand Points of Life ambassador for President George Bush, as well as a medical first responder for the AmeriCorps Program. She is currently on the board of directors for the LBJ National Park and The Patient Institute.

Volunteer of the Year

If you've attended any of our events this year, chances are you saw Maggie Schneider hard at work. She dedicated more than 131 hours of her time. "I get great pleasure out of helping people, meeting new people, talking about San Antonio and bragging about San Antonio Sports,” said Maggie. "I love to put a smile on someone's face.” Maggie puts a smile on ours every time she helps out. Congratulations to Maggie for being named our 2014 Volunteer of the Year.


San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame 
 The San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute is an elegant and fun evening, and San Antonio Sports' largest fundraiser.  Doug Moe, San Antonio Spurs head coach from 1976-1980, Al LaMacchia, former Major League Baseball pitcher and scout, business leader and sports supporter Pat FrostLori Norwood, the only American to win a world championship in women's modern pentathlon, and sports broadcaster Gary Delaune whose career has spanned five decades, will be inducted on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The gala will also feature a live performance by Grand Funk Railroad. Purchase your table today at

Final Four Returns to San Antonio
The NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Committee announced that San Antonio will be the site for the 2018 NCAA® Men's Final Four®. "NCAA fans love coming to San Antonio for this marquee event and our city has the perfect setup for all the Final Four has to offer,” said San Antonio Sports President & CEO Russ Bookbinder. "We look forward to hosting an outstanding event that is so much more than a basketball game.”

Based on the 2014 Men's Final Four held in North Texas, the event is expected to have an economic impact of $85 million. It will be held in the Alamodome, which will undergo extensive upgrades, including expanded concourses and improved interior technology, with a seating capacity of up to 72,000. 

San Antonio has hosted three previous Men's Final Fours (1998, 2004, 2008), two Women's Final Fours (2002, 2010) and two Women's Division I Volleyball Championships (2005, 2011). The announcement culminated more than a year of planning, meetings, facility diagrams, renderings, bid books, presentations and a site visit. San Antonio's bid committee, includes key members of San Antonio Sports, UTSA, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Alamodome and the City's Sports & Convention Facilities Department.

Aetna Foundation
The Aetna Foundation made a grant of $25,000 to San Antonio Sports, which will be used towards KiDS ROCK San Antonio. KiDS ROCK is a non-timed, non-competitive one-mile fun run that is part of the Rock ‘n' Roll San Antonio Marathon weekend. San Antonio Sports distributes marathon training logs and curriculum to elementary schools throughout Bexar County so that kids can rock their own cumulative marathon over eight weeks, culminating on race day at the KiDS ROCK.


San Antonio Sports was a recipient of a $50,000 grant from Medtronic, Inc. which will support the organization's iplay! afterschool and Fit Family Challenge programs. The funds were part of Medtronic's Health Access Grants and were given in recognition of San Antonio Sports' continued commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles and improving access to healthcare, with an emphasis on diabetes.

Top 15 Valero Alamo Bowl Showdown

For the first time in Valero Alamo Bowl history, the game will feature a Top 15 match-up as #11 Kansas State plays #14 UCLA on Friday, January 2.

Led by head coaches Bill Synder and Jim Mora, these programs each have 9-3 records and average 30+ points a game. The winner of this Friday night showdown will leave the Alamodome with 10 wins and a Top 10 final ranking.

Tickets start at $25 and are available at:

Don't miss your chance to see the game media are calling the best match-up of bowl season outside of the CFP.


Subway Kids Rock

San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame 


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