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A Night to Remember - San Antonio Sports Sidelines - January 2017
San Antonio Sports

January, 2017

Always a Night to Remember!
There are only a few weeks until five remarkable individuals--Dr. Susan Blackwood, Annie Chandler Grevers, Robert Horry, Dr. Sylvester Perez and Leo Rose---will be inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame and their plaques will hang on the walls of the Alamodome. The San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute presented by AT&T is Saturday, Feb. 4 at the H.B Gonzalez Convention Center and is our largest annual fundraiser for our youth programs.
The live, Big Board and silent auctions will be a shopper's paradise, with amazing items up for bid at every price range. You can own a piece of Olympic history with a framed USA Swimming team autographed Olympic flag and a Michael Phelpsautographed photo. Or how about a world class fishing vacation in Costa Rica at Rio Parismina Lodge? A full-length black sheared mink coat from Morris Kaye & Sons? A trip and tickets to The Masters? Or travel in the Spurs RV and the chance to sit in H-E-B's court side box for a game with 11 of your friends!

In addition to great shopping, the American funk band WAR will entertain guests after the induction.
Your support of this event helps us provide life-changing, free sports and fitness programs for San Antonio kids. Don't delay! Click here to buy tickets or sponsor a table.
USA Rugby meets Uruguay on 
Feb. 4
San Antonio will host its first international rugby event when USA Rugby meets Uruguay on the pitch at Toyota Field, Saturday, February 4, at 3:00 p.m.
This is one of only two Americas Rugby Championship games that will be played in the United States in 2017. The Championship is a five-week tournament and will feature six of North and South America's top-ranked international rugby union teams: USA, Canada, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina. Round Rock's Dell Diamond will host the other U.S.-based match on Feb.11.
Rugby continues to be the fastest-growing team sport in the United States with the number of rugby players doubling between 2008 and 2013 to almost 1.2 million, according to data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. In Texas alone, the sport has seen a 17 percent increase in registered USA Rugby members in the last four years.
Tickets beginning at $12 can be purchased through TicketmasterFor more information on the match, visit
Charity Stripe Challenge

Swish! There's still time to register and claim your title as the city's best free throw shooter. Take a shot and be crowned San Antonio's best free throw shooter at Factory of Champions' Charity Stripe Challenge. Qualifying rounds continue Jan. 21. Finals are Jan. 29. Divisions include elementary, middle school, high school, and two for adults--elite and "hack-a-Shaq." 
Proceeds benefit San Antonio Sports. To register, visit
2017 San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Raffle
Purchase a $50 raffle ticket (or more!) and you can help San Antonio Sports raise funds for our youth programs. Any ticket makes you eligible to win either a Monterey golf experience, trip to the 2017 Indianapolis 500, $5,000 VISA gift card, a private wine tasting tour or a trip to the ESPY Awards. The winning ticket is drawn at the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute. Only 500 are sold. To purchase a ticket, click here
All-Stars Shine
The 2017 San Antonio Sports All-Star Game presented by H-E-B ended with the East defeating the West 43-29 in the Alamodome on Saturday, Jan. 7. Led by Highlands High School head coach Juan Morales, the East dominated early in the game. At the half, the score was 29-0, but the West, led by Lee High School head coach Danny Kloza, scored quickly in the third quarter. 
Josh Adkins, the East team quarterback from Smithson Valley High School, was named the Whataburger Impact Player of the Game.
The game would not have been possible without our sponsors. Thanks to presenting sponsor 
H-E-B, and CPS Energy, Whataburger, Frost, University Health System, Muy! Pizza Hut, plus media partners WOAI News 4 San Antonio, the CW 35, KABB Fox 29, Spectrum and ESPN Radio 1250. 
And many thanks to the players, the coaches, support staff and the 15,100 fans who made the game a great success!
Final Four Website is Live

The 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four website is now live!  Check out to learn about the championship in San Antonio and sign-up to receive information regarding tickets, volunteer opportunities, and more. You can also follow the  Final Four - San Antonio Facebook page for regular updates.  
Clarence Johnson 2016 Volunteer of the Year
Tony Benke (left) & Russ Bookbinder (right) recognize Clarence Johnson.
Clarence Johnson was recognized as the 2016 Volunteer of the Year at the December San Antonio Sports board meeting. Clarence began volunteering with us 25 years ago and since that time, has helped out at most of our events. He also shares his time and energy with organizations including the Alamo Bowl, several charity golf tournaments, Elf Louise and the Tobin Center, to name a few. 

"Clarence is always ready to help or lead the charge," says Tony Benke, director of volunteers. "He has turned into a "specialist" organizing parking for events...always a critical need. His constructive insights and history with past events has made him an excellent resource and sounding board for planning future opportunities."

Clarence and his wife will attend the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute as our guests as a small token of our appreciation. 

Wells Fargo Grant Supports i play! afterschool
Thanks to Wells Fargo for continuing their support of 
i play! afterschool with a $7,500 grant. In 2008, San Antonio Sports implemented i play! afterschool in conjunction with the City of San Antonio's Afterschool Challenge program. i play! afterschool is a free, health & fitness program conducted throughout the school year and has grown to serve 1,125 children in grades 3-5 at 45 inner city elementary schools. The program provides a safe, healthy environment for youth, specifically those at-risk of academic failure & poor health, to excel to their greatest potential.
Sponsor Profile: Capital Group
The Capital Group is a sponsor of the San Antonio Sports Charity Golf Classic and has been an event sponsor for San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup since its inception. 
"These events are such a great way to engage our associates and promote healthy competition, teamwork, and wellness, while also having fun," explains Anita Hereford-Crump, Systems Support senior manager/vice president for Capital Group. With over 1,200 associates in our San Antonio campus, the activities provide opportunities for our associates to interact with others they don't typically interact with on a day to day basis. Additionally, the opportunity to make a difference by raising funds to support our community makes it even more rewarding."
San Antonio Sports is grateful for the Capital Group's continued sponsorship of our events.


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