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San Antonio Sports Sidelines - October 2013
San Antonio Sports

October, 2013

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i play! afterschool kickoff
Kids Play Afterschool

Golf Classic
Enjoy 18 holes and be the first to find out who will be inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. . 

Valor Games presented by Valero
Calling all boys and girls ages 8-14 who love to play basketball. Get your team together and register today!

USATF Cross Country

NCAA Championship City

San Antonio Will Compete for Major National Events
The enhanced opportunity for success is the primary outcome of working together as a team. Over the past six months, leadership from the Valero Alamo Bowl, UTSA, the City of San Antonio and San Antonio Sports have worked together to strengthen San Antonio's chances to attract major national events. That team of people reviewed feedback provided by the NCAA after the unsuccessful Men's Final Four bid in 2008 and analyzed a third-party study that provided suggested improvements to the Alamodome to help make the facility more competitive for future bids. After building consensus and prioritizing the recommendations, the City of San Antonio recently approved a resolution that would provide upgrades to the Alamodome to host future College Football Championship and NCAA Men's Final Four events.

The new four-team college football playoff system starts next season. The semifinal games will still be played at traditional bowl sites, but any city can bid to host the new championship game. Last week, the Valero Alamo Bowl and the City of San Antonio submitted a bid, and the commissioners of the 10 major conferences and Notre Dame are expected to pick the host sites by Nov. 11. The economic impact of the College Football Championship Game to the host city is estimated at $200 million. Over the next six weeks, San Antonio Sports, UTSA and the City of San Antonio will be working diligently on a bid to host the Men's Final Four during the 2017-2020 cycle. More than 70,000 out-of-town visitors are expected to descend on the Alamo City should the NCAA award the event to San Antonio. The expected economic impact would exceed $70 million. 

These tremendous opportunities would not be possible without all of the key players in the process diligently working to put San Antonio in a position to be successful. Thanks to Derrick Fox, Lynn Hickey, Ed Belmares, Mike Sawaya and Nick Langella for their efforts to put San Antonio in contention for these events. 

Russ Bookbinder
President and CEO

Valor Games Southwest Inspire
The transformational power of sport was on display when San Antonio Sports hosted the Valor Games Southwest, presented by Valero, along with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Paralympics.Jose Ibarra was typical of many of the 90 veterans or active-duty military from most every branch of service who took part in the games. After being injured, he closed himself off, locking himself within the four walls of his mind and his house. A neighbor, who happened to be a Paralympian came by and asked Jose to try riding a special hand cycle. Just one time. Around the block. Reluctantly, Jose agreed and has never looked back. Now in addition to cycling regularly, he's tried scuba diving, water skiing and wheelchair basketball. The Valor Games was his first competition and he had a ball. 

Darlene Hunter helped run the games. She's a Paralympian in wheelchair basketball and also the North Texas coordinator for Texas Regional Paralympic Sport. She's been in a wheelchair since age 4 and has never let it slow her down. "I'm in a wheelchair and can't walk. What am I going to do? I can't change the way I am and love sports. This is fun. No sitting on the sidelines." 

The Valor Games Southwest is designed to be an introductory event to get veterans into sports and this was one of four games held around the nation (other sites were Durham, NC, Chicago and San Jose, CA). San Antonio Sports hopes to make it an annual event. The Valor Games Southwest, presented by Valero, was also sponsored by Time Warner Cable and USAA. To see photos from the games, click here.

San Antonio Sports Needs Your Vote! Help Us Win $30,000
There's still more than a week to vote for San Antonio Sports in the 2013 "Aetna Voices of Health" national campaign. San Antonio Sports is the only finalist from San Antonio vying to win $30,000 to support our Fit Family Challenge. The "Aetna Voices of Health" website features a one-minute video from San Antonio Sports describing how the prize money would help us achieve our mission. Voting for the campaign takes place at aetnavoicesofhealth.comand goes through October 13. Please help us spread the word through social media. 

For being selected as a local winner, San Antonio Sports received a $1,000 grant from Aetna for Fit Family Challenge.

Fit Family Challenge Fall 5K

City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran is partnering with San Antonio Sports Fit Family Challenge to host the District 3 Fall Fun 5K Run on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Brooks City Base. Like all Fit Family Challenge events, the fun run will be free. The first 500 people to cross the finish line will receive a medal. To learn more, visit
Bexar County Games Basketball
Calling all boys and girls ages 8-14 who love to play basketball. Get your team together and be a part of the Bexar County Games, presented by Ancira, basketball tournament. It will be held Nov. 9 & 10 at Mission Concepción Sports Park. Registration is only $50 per team, with a three game guarantee. The tournament also serves as a qualifier for the TAAF State Basketball Tournament in March. Don't miss the fun while playing in a beautiful new facility. Register your team today! Click here for details.

Valero Energy Support San Antonio Sports
San Antonio Sports received a generous $10,000 grant from Valero Energy. Grant funds will support San Antonio Sports kids programs including i play! afterschool program, Corner Store Go!Kids Challenge, and ING Kids Rock, powered by San Antonio Sports, marathon training program. 

Youth Can Qualify for Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championships
San Antonio will be the site of the Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championships Dec. 14. Local youth ages 8-18 can qualify for nationals by participating in the Region 16 qualifying meet on Nov. 23 at the National Shooting Complex. The national championship will be held on the same course. All runners must be a member of USA Track & Field. The top 30 athletes and five teams at the Regional 16 Championship will qualify for the national championship. To learn more or to register, click here.

Rock n' Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon
It's time to rock! A new course, a new start line, and a new ING Kids Rock location will mark the 2013 Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon. New attractions include a new looped course, a start line at Cherry Street & Commerce Street, four miles of Mission Trail added to the marathon course, and running past landmarks such as Brackenridge ParkSan Antonio ZooThe Pearl and Trinity University. The ING Kids Rock, powered by San Antonio Sports, will be held at the AT&T Center. 

If you're not a runner, we also need volunteers who are essential to the event. Start line, finish line, expo or Kids Rock--you can choose where you want to help. Race weekend begins Friday, Nov. 15 with the Health & Fitness Expo and concludes Sunday, Nov. 17 with the marathon.

To volunteer, click here. To register for the marathon, click here.

Local Divers at UANA Jr. Pan American Diving Championships
San Antonians Christopher Law and Finn Scribbick participated in the 2013 UANA Junior Pan American Diving Championships in Tucson, AZ, which was held Sept. 26-29. The meet featured nine countries and 105 divers. Divers from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United States and Venezuela participated.

Law and Scribbick, competing internationally together for the first time, took bronze in synchro with 281.31 points. "I thought Finn and I did great. We went out there and had a lot of fun. It wasn't necessarily about winning. It was about going out there and showing the world what we can do. For our first time being in international competition diving synchro together, I felt we did great. We're both very proud of how we did and hope we get to come back and do this again (in other international meets)," Law said in an interview with USA Diving.

Law also placed seventh in the Boys 3m (16-18) finals. Congratulations to both!

Corporate Champions
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Ancira Enterprises, Inc.
Marmon Mok Architecture
The RK Group

Business Champions
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Eliseo's Garage
Elite CrossFit
Inside Outside Wellness Center
& Medical Spa
Lone Star Capital Bank
San Antonio Area Foundation

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Silver Champions
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Sports Medicine Associates of SA

Champions Club
(Individuals giving $1000+.)
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Christy L. DeLeon
Lisa Ann Friel
William & Marcia Hanson
George Hixon
Greg & Leigh Ann King
Clayton Hansen
Marsha Shields
Brad Young

Individual Champions 
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Louise Actkinson
Lou Agnese
Bobby Blount
Harvey S. Cain
Robbie Casey
Rick Cavender
Craig Clayton
Jerry Comalander
Erik Darmstetter
James M. Doyle, Jr.
Jaime Garza
Laura Groff
Madeline L. Harlan
Peter Holt
Richard F. Lord
Al & Mary Brent Marks
Stephen McCreary
Alan M. McDonald
William M. McKamie
Gregory Muenster
Sister Schotts Reed
Stevan Richards
Dr. Victor Rodriguez
Gary Walton

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