Teamwork Makes the Dream Work – San Antonio Sports Sidelines – Feb.2018

San Antonio Sports
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
The importance of teamwork was a common thread with each inductee at the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute last month. Becky Hammon, Bill Hanson, Gordon Hartman and the family of Mike Mitchellrecognized the importance of teamwork and perseverance.
The San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute is our largest annual fundraiser and supports our youth programs. JT Brackenridge Elementary School i play! afterschoolparticipant, Bella Montoya, spoke that night, touching on teamwork. She shared that she has learned to respect her teammates and that positive changes have happened within her tight-knit i play! family (teammates), including improved attendance and grades and a love of sport. She spoke of five JT alumni who still come by the school to reminisce about when they were i play!members. Their attitudes and accomplishments made such an impression that Bella and her teammates have set lifetime goals.
We look forward to seeing where her goals take her.
We raised more than $300,000 to benefit San Antonio Sports’ youth sport and fitness programs! Thank you to everyone who supported us by purchasing a table, auction item and/or raffle ticket, by donating an auction item, by volunteering and more. It was an incredible demonstration of teamwork. Your generous support will allow us to continue to grow i play! afterschool and deliver sports and fitness initiatives to thousands of children like Bella and her teammates. Thank you for helping us celebrate the power of sport.
Volunteer Spotlight: Trinity University
The passion for community service is strong on many college campuses. This is true at Trinity Universitywhose students frequently volunteer at our events. Students representing fraternities, sororities and the Trinity University Volunteer Action Council have helped at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and Kids Rock, San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup, San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute, Valor Games Southwest, and several i play! afterschooltournaments, to name a few! Many are referred by Dr. Jacob Tingle, director of the Office of Experiential Learning and chair of the Sport Management minor.
“A core philosophy of our sport management minor is for our students to understand the important role sport plays in society,” says Tingle.  “I believe the best way to help them develop that strong awareness is to volunteer at events like the Corporate Cup, Valor Games, and i play! afterschool.  Because it’s a core value of our program, students must complete a total of 50 community service hours in order to graduate with the minor.”
Folding in this requirement was a no-brainer for Tingle who first learned of San Antonio Sports while completing his master’s in Sport Administration at the University of the Incarnate Word. “I volunteered more than 600 hours with Bill Hanson and Jenny Carnes, and Elena Wells. Working the Roundball Ruckus was a wonderful opportunity to help raise money to support San Antonio Sports, but also a GREAT way to learn conflict resolution, and other important event management skills. Because of those experiences, I’ve always encouraged our students to volunteer with San Antonio Sports.”
Trinity student Ben Milliet recalls volunteering at the Corporate Cup, an event he calls “ripe with competition and a lively atmosphere.” Ben was keeping score for the 3v3 basketball tournament. “Team Valero was down by five points to Team SWBC, and there is not much energy in the building. All of a sudden more and more of Team Valero files into the building and begin to cheer on their squad. It was a game changer, with Team Valero winning and moving on to the championship in a gym filled with chaos from their fans. The support Team Valero showed for their team members on the court not only made the game more exciting, but willed their team to a come-from-behind win.”
Shelby Devore’s favorite event is the i play! afterschool soccer tournament. “It is so much fun to see these kids play and get to use their skills that they have been working on. Sports are just a great way for them to learn, make friends, and have fun.”
We feel the same about volunteering. It’s a great way to learn, make friends and have fun. Come join us at an upcoming event. Visit to learn more.

In Memory of Olan Phillips

Olan Phillips, Monica Robles Whitt and Katherine Phillips help at the Games of Texas


It is with sadness that we learned of Olan Phillips death. Olin was a beloved volunteer and supporter of San Antonio Sports and will be missed. Whether he was answering phones at our reception desk or helping at an event, he was warm and welcoming to all. Click here to read his obituary. Our deepest condolences to his family, including his wife Katherine who volunteered with him at many San Antonio Sports events.
A Basketball Fiesta!
Can’t get to the games? Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to enjoy NCAA Final Four week festivities! Swing by the Alamodome March 30 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to watch all the Final Four teams practice on the Final Four court and stay for the NABC All-Star Game and watch top senior players from around the country.
It’s all free – including parking!
Afterwards, stop by the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to experience all Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One® has to offer. Be sure and check your mail for ValPack beginning Feb. 20 for a special Final Four Fan Fest offer. Visit for more information on activities during the week!
Digging Volleyball
After completing a five week sport unit on volleyball, i play! afterschool athletes met at Mission Concepción Sports Park for a tournament and showed off skills such as “bump pass,” underarm serves, setting and blocking a volleyball. Congrats to the winners of our i play! afterschool volleyball tournament: Briscoe Elementary,  Bellaire Elementary and Washington Elementary! We’re proud of all our i play! athletes! Now it’s on to basketball with the tournament scheduled for March 10 and the final four teams playing for the championship at the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest on March 31.
Sponsor Spotlight: Methodist Healthcare
Thanks to Methodist Healthcare for sponsoring San Antonio Sports. They support the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute and will be the title sponsor of Beyond the Game in the fall.
Methodist Healthcare is thrilled to enter into this meaningful partnership with San Antonio Sports to further their mission of transforming our community through the power of sport,” said Palmira Arellano, vice president of marketing & public relations. “Methodist has a long history of providing quality care to South Texans as well as investing in our community with partners like Spurs Sports & Entertainment and now San Antonio Sports, who can help us make a difference outside the walls of our hospitals.”
We are grateful for Methodist’s support of our mission: having healthy kids, places to play and events that impact.
Grant Spotlight: Red McCombs Foundation
Thank you to the Red McCombs Foundation for their valuable and loyal support of i play! afterschool. Their grant supporting i play! afterschool helps us provide free programming to some of the most underserved populations in our city.
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