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Sidelines - June 2016
San Antonio Sports

June, 2016

Five Years and Counting
What a day--perfect weather amidst a week of rain! The5th annual San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup presented by Humana included more than 5,000 participants representing 82 companies going head-to-head in what has become San Antonio's premier corporate team-building event. Company teams competed in 13 events including tug-of-war, dodgeball, golf chipping, sack racing, 5K run, 2K walk, 3-on-3 hoops, 4x50 swim relay, football toss and more...and a 4x100 relay that had several photo finishes. 
 
While there was definitely some serious competition, it was all in good fun and the athlete village is where the fun started. In addition to some very clever themes, decorations and even dance performances, the barbecue pits have gotten bigger and could only be topped by the live ice sculpting happening at the RK Group's tent! The t-shirt contest also showed just how creative all of our teams are. 
 
Congratulations to the four division winners, and the winners of our Valero Energy Foundation tailgating contest and UIW Athletics t-shirt contest. Our winners are listed below. A big thank you to our host facility, the University of the Incarnate Word, and all of our sponsors, volunteers and staff who made this event happen. 
 
2016 Corporate Cup presented by Humana
D1 - Capital Group, D2 - NuStar Energy, D3 - Airrosti Rehab Centers, D4 - Quintanilla Management
UIW Athletics Team T-shirt Contest
D1 - CPS Energy, D2 - Broadway Bank, D3 - Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, D4 - Quintanilla Management
Valero Energy Foundation Team Tailgate Competition
D1 - Accenture Federal, D2 - Accenture Operations, D3 - The RK Group, D4 - NatureSweet
 
We sold out this year and expect to do the same in 2017. Mark your calendars for the 2017 San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup on June 3 and email Dave Voth to reserve your team's participation. 
Families Get Fit
 
The 2016 Fit Family Challenge presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield got underway in May, kicking off with 1,500 runners and walkers at the District 4 Heroes 5K at Port San Antonio. Organized by San Antonio Sports, the seventh annual Fit Family Challenge offers free weekly fitness activities and health screenings, as well as incentives to San Antonio families between May and August. Incentives consist of $25,000 in cash and fitness prizes, including sports and movie tickets, $1,000 drawings every three weeks at family-friendly Saturday Big Events, and a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer for a $1,000 gift card.
 
The free family fitness program is aimed at motivating families to break away from a sedentary lifestyle, get out of the house and come together for fun, fitness-focused events. Yvonne Hernandez has been participating in the Fit Family Challenge for four summers. She started because of health issues. "Fit Family Challenge has motivated me and has provided me with the resources to lead a healthy lifestyle," explains Hernandez.  "Zumba has become part of my daily routine, an extension of my work day with a strong supportive crew with my friends and workout buddies, the Zumba Chicks.  A quote I saw recently perfectly describes why I continue to participate in Fit Family Challenge activities: 'I work out because I love my body, not because I hate it.'"  
 
Families can join at any time. The next Big Event will be June 25 at Hardberger Park. To find weekly fitness class locations and learn more about the program, visit FitFamilyChallenge.com
Pull for Kids
 
A beautiful day greeted 77 shooters at the San Antonio Sports Pull for Kids invitational shotgun shoot. More than $52,000 was raised to support our nonprofit's kids programs. Participants enjoyed an afternoon of spirited competition, interactive experiences and shooting pointers from Terry Howard, USA Olympic gold medalist. Security Service #2, Jay Gable, Mike OliverTricia Kocurek, Jody Johnson, was the four-person team winner. San Antonio Gun Club, Larry Todd and Kevin Keetch, was the two-person team winners. Tricia Kocurek was the individual champion. To see photos from the event, click hereSpecial thanks to presenting sponsors Mass Mutual Financial Services South Texas, BNY Mellon and George Becknell III Insurance & Investments.

Bexar County Games Host Two Competitions

Two Bexar County Games presented by Anciracompetitions took place in May. More than 100 basketball teams took to the courts at Mission Concepción Sports Park and Factory of Champions. Boys and girls played in 4th grade through varsity divisions and enjoyed a full weekend of basketball. Seventy teams took part in the Bexar County Games presented by Ancira baseball competition at McAllister Park Little League. It was part of the Valero Energy Foundation Super Series Baseball Tournament and teams played in divisions 7U through 12U. 
 
The 2016 Bexar County Games presented by Ancira soccer tournament will take place in the fall. San Antonio Sports and Bexar County are co-hosting the Bexar County Games, which serve as community-wide competitions showcasing Bexar County venues, and is integral part of our vision of having healthy kids, places to play and events that impact.
Live on with the Legends
 
The Alamodome renovations are well underway and so is the creation of the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Plaza, which will have the names of the remarkable men and women who are members of the Hall engraved in granite. If you have not purchased a brick, the deadline to order is July 1. A personalized brick is a terrific way to honor your family, a favorite coach, or mark a memorable event. It also makes a terrific Father's Day gift! Proceeds from the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Plaza brick campaign are 100% tax-deductible and will benefit our nonprofit San Antonio Sports' youth initiatives, including the innovative i play! afterschool program. To learn more visit SanAntonioSports.org/hofbrix
 
Relive the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute

Highlights from the 2016 San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony are available for viewing. If you missed Shaq's entertaining interview with emcee Don Harris, George Block's emotional acceptance speech or the amazing poise and heartfelt testimonial of i play! afterschoolparticipant, Allison Escobedo, or if you just want to relive the evening, you can view it by clicking here
 
Sponsor Profile: Dahill
 
Thanks to Dahill for its sponsorship of San Antonio Sports events, including i play! afterschool, Fit Family Challenge, Go!Kids Challenge, San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute, Pull for Kids, Bexar County Games and Corporate Cup. Dahill is the official supplier of copiers and printers for San Antonio Sports. Their support helps us fulfill our mission to transform our community through the power of sport. 
Grants: Greehey Family Foundation

Thank you to The Greehey Family Foundation for their generous and continued support of i play! afterschool. Their generosity will impact more than 1,100 third through fifth grade students during the 2016-17 school year. San Antonio Sports i play! afterschool program provides daily fundamental training in five sports, as well as life lessons about active living, good nutrition and strong personal character.
Volunteer profile: Clarence Johnson
If you've been to a San Antonio Sports event, then you have likely seen Clarence Johnson hard at work. "Volunteering with San Antonio Sports has been a delightful and meaningful part of my life since I retired," says the long-time volunteer. Clarence responded to a 1992 newspaper article seeking volunteers to work for the 1993 United States Olympic Festival, and the rest, as they say, is history.  "I'll never forget the excitement of being a part of such a grand event with new sports venues and the chances to see people with rare talents who would represent our country in major competitions on the world's stage," he continued. "My volunteer experiences were heightened by the opportunity to work with exceptional people, maintain a sense of purpose and the chance to continue to make meaningful contributions to the community through the many activities in which San Antonio Sports was involved." As a result of San Antonio Sports connections, Clarence has volunteered with USA Modern Pentathlon, collegiate swimming competitions, the 1996 NBA All Star Game and Alamo Bowl games which later resulted in his volunteering at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. 
 
"My most memorable event was the 1998 NCAA Men's Final Four Basketball Tournament because I gained an insight into the extensive coordination and effort required to host such a preeminent event and its impact on the city.  As a volunteer, there were plenty of challenges and loads of work made easier because of exceptional staff and dedicated fellow volunteers. I look forward to the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Basketball Tournament as yet another opportunity to be a part of the collaborative effort to showcase the city." 
 
His current favorite is the Fit Family Challenge Big Events because "they encompass and encourage essential family ties that are so necessary as our youth confront challenges of growing up in a very demanding environment. Seeing the 'family smile' is worth all the time and energy expended to support such worthwhile activities," said Clarence.
 
"Quite clearly, volunteering with San Antonio Sports affords a unique opportunity for an individual to contribute in some measure to the well-being of the community at large while continuing personal growth and development through associations with fellow volunteers who have similar interests."
 
If you'd like to join Clarence in making a difference in our community by volunteering with San Antonio Sports, visit our volunteer web page at SanAntonioSports.org/volunteer for opportunities.  
 


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