Celebrating 25 Years of Sports Excellence – San Antonio SportsSidelines – February 2020

San Antonio Sports
Celebrating 25 Years of Sports Excellence
The San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame, a partnership between San Antonio Sports, the San Antonio Express-News and City of San Antonio, inducted its first class 25 years ago in 1995. Since then, we’ve inducted 97 men, 17 women and two teams, who either hail from the Alamo City or conducted their careers here. Each has made a significant impact in the sports community through outstanding athletic achievement or major involvement and contributions to athletic programs. On March 28, we will add another team and four outstanding individuals when we induct the 1972 Trinity University Men’s Tennis Team, San Antonio’s only NCAA Div. I champion in a team sport, former UTSA Athletic Director Lynn Hickey, high school and college basketball scoring great Stan Bonewitz, professional and Golden Glove champion boxer Mike Ayala, and former San Antonio Spurs Chairman Brigadier General Robert McDermott.
 
The San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute is a first-class gala and our largest annual fundraiser. An outstanding auction and live entertainment are part of the evening. Some of the items up for bid include tickets to the 2021 Super Bowl (with airfare), a new truck, a custom Napa wine trip, and a Las Vegas experience for six complete with rooms at the Bellagio, show and airfare. We are also introducing the Golden Ticket tiered raffle featuring a Holland-America cruise, a $3,000 La Cantera shopping spree, big screen TV, airline tickets and more! The program closes with a performance by Resurrection – A Journey Tribute, considered to be ‘The Gold Standard’ of Journey tribute bands. So make sure you wear your dancing shoes!
 
It’s an incredible evening that celebrates the power of sport. You won’t want to miss it. To purchase a table, click here. Or contact Sara Tovar at stovar@sanantonoisports.org or 210-820-2118.
Volunteer Spotlight: Sherry Braun
Volunteer Sherry Braun (right) has helped with numerous SAS events

Sherry Braun first learned of San Antonio Sports in 2018 when watching a local news station’s announcement about the need for Men’s Final Four volunteers. She signed up and has been helping our nonprofit organization ever since.
 
“I enjoy staying active and involved with the community,” she explains. “This organization gives me the opportunity to give back my time to the city in many ways–from outdoor sporting events to special events like the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame. It also gives me the opportunity to meet and interact with various people within our city.” Sherry doesn’t have a favorite event, saying each is unique in its own way.
 
Her most memorable moment while volunteering was being part of the 2019 Fed Cup USA vs. Switzerland tennis match.  Volunteers often have the best seat in the house, and she enjoyed getting to watch high caliber tennis. 
 
When asked why she continues to give her time to San Antonio Sports, Sherry shares that every event is always well organized with an “exemplary” line of communication. “Prior to my shift, detailed information is emailed out as a reminder and to eliminate any confusion and uncertainty that might surface.  I’ve only encountered positive attitudes from everyone within the organization in addition to strong leadership and teamwork.”
 
We’re grateful to volunteers like Sherry who spend their free time helping others. If you’d like to join us at an upcoming event, click here to learn about opportunities this spring.
Viva Fiesta Fitness Challenge!
 
Fiesta’s reputation as a 10-day party focused on food and drink will have a new component this year…the ultimate test of toughness to find Fiesta’s Fittest. Teams and individuals are invited to compete at the Alpha Warrior Proving Grounds at Retama Park in a one-of-a-kind fitness challenge to earn the title of Fiesta’s Fittest. The event will take place Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25.
 
The Alpha Warrior Proving Grounds is a state-of-the-art, military-style obstacle course specifically designed to test every aspect of physical fitness, the strength of every muscle group, mental fortitude and the body’s ability to keep going. The past two years, high school teams of 10 (five boys, five girls) have competed with the help of a military team captain. New this year, the competition will include adult participants who can choose to compete as individuals or in teams of four (men/women/coed). Are you ready for the challenge? Click here to learn more.
Field Day for Adults? Why Not?

We are in the midst of the unofficial training season for teams registered for San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup presented by Ortho Now Injury Clinic. This fun day of competition will be Saturday, May 30 at the University of the Incarnate Word. This year we’ve added a new division and two new sports. In addition to 13 events ranging from dodgeball and Frisbee toss to a 4×100 relay and tug-of-war, we’re adding table tennis and the Alpha Warrior TAB Challenge. For the less athletically-inclined, we still offer a t-shirt contest, bar-be-que contest and tailgate contest. And every employee whose company participates can help his or her team earn points through the Charity Challenge which kicked off Jan. 1. Being competitive never felt so good! Teams can earn points based on amounts given to six charities. 
 
If you want to learn more about the event or how to register your company to participate, visit the website.
Going Beyond the Game
 
Now in its third year, San Antonio Sports
continues to grow with great support from middle schools and high schools in and around San Antonio. More than 70 stories have been submitted highlighting teams who demonstrate the key values of respect, selfless service, integrity, caring and sportsmanship.
 
Of those 70, 20 Beyond the Game videos aired on either News 4 WOAI or KABB Fox 29, highlighting the great work done in the community by middle and high school athletes. 
 
We are excited to announce that the program will continue all school year–until the end of May. Help us shine a light on teams serving our community. Click hereto make a submission. 
Thousands Take Go!Kids Challenge
A kickoff press conference was held at Cambridge Elem. with special guests including U.S.A Track & Field Olympic hopeful, Kendra Chambers, the Alamo Heights High School drum line, twirlers, dance team and student athletes. Cambridge students performed a special fitness dance.
Participants track their activity in a special log. If they do five fitness activities every week for six weeks and return their logs to their teachers, they will earn a voucher for two complimentary tickets to San Antonio Zoo. Activities include playing sports, playing outside, running and walking, and push-ups. To learn more about the Go!Kids Challenge, click here.
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