The Great Youth Sports Divide – San Antonio Sports Sidelines – August 2020

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The Great Youth Sports Divide
 
The Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan organization that gathers diverse thought leaders, scholars and members of the public to address complex problems and provoke, further and improve actions taken in the real world. In 2019, they issued a State of Play report updating how well stakeholders are serving all children, regardless of zip code or ability. Among their findings: 
  • Kids from lower-income homes face increasing participation barriers. In 2018, 22% of kids ages 6 to 12 in households with incomes under $25,000 played sports on a regular basis, compared to 43% of kids from homes earning $100,000 or more. 
  • Kids from the lowest-income homes are more than three times as likely to be physically inactive. 
  • On average, families spend $693 per child for one sport each year. 
While inequity in sport has been around for years, it will only grow as a result of the pandemic which is hitting lower income families harder. San Antonio Sports is committed to help fill the gap. With a new school year upon us, we are adapting to the current environment and will start the i play! afterschool  program remotely and continue in-person when it is safe to do so. We’re working on sport specific virtual content for soccer, track, volleyball, basketball and tennis and will be offering that content to PE teachers in all school districts.
 
 
After-school programs will serve other kids-though far too few-through middle school. But children in many urban and underserved areas often flow into high schools with little athletic experience and where sport options are limited. Overall, the dominant model in American sports lacks a commitment to inclusion and is shaped largely but not exclusively by money, leaving many children, families, and communities on the outside looking in. 
 
We believe it is important that the videos being developed be offered to all school districts free of charge so that children in our community can experience the power of sport. The ACSM American Fitness Index ranks America’s 100 largest cities. San Antonio ranks #73 in personal health and #86 in community/environment. Help us improve our community’s health and fitness. The earlier you start making fitness a way of life, the greater the chances you carry these habits into adulthood. Your support, in any amount, will help us continue making a difference in our community. 
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Volunteer Spotlight: Earl & Patsy Smith
 
We love it when someone who attends an event transitions into a volunteer. Such is the case with Earl and Patsy Smith. The Smiths became acquainted with San Antonio Sports through attending the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute and Final Four games. Due to their work schedules, volunteering was not realistic. But retirement opened the door and the couple became regulars assisting at UTSA games, at the Sports Hall of Fame Tribute and the Final Four.
 
“We have always believed that supporting the local sports activities was an important way to support the community,” explains Earl. “It has always been a strong commitment of ours that sports involvement is good for a person of any age as it is good for the body, mind, and spirit of the individual and the community.”
 
Like most of our volunteers, the Smiths say it is difficult to pick a favorite event, as all have “numerous positives.”  But their top three include the Final Four, San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute and UTSA football games.  The Smiths epitomize why our volunteer corps has a national reputation for friendliness. “Serving at the various hotel information booths during the Final Four is the most unique, and is very enjoyable as most of our interactions are with out of town guests. Those folks often need directions, food and activity options, as well as a general overview of San Antonio and downtown.” 
 
The Smiths appreciate San Antonio Sports support of volunteers and point out there’s something for everyone, “which makes serving at events more enjoyable for us. There are different types of opportunities, so anyone can find something they enjoy doing.” They look forward to more events when they resume, and we look forward to seeing them and all our volunteers soon! 
Pull for Kids Set for Sept. 2
 
It’s not too late to participate in Pull for Kids, San Antonio Sports’ annual invitational shotgun shoot that benefits our youth sports and fitness programs. This exclusive, interactive experience for hunters and shooters will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2 and features prizes and a gourmet catered lunch. Enjoy being outside for an afternoon of spirited competition, good fun and networking with your fellow shooting and hunting enthusiasts. Pull for Kids will be conducted in adherence to the latest CDC safety guidelines. To register your team, contact Dorsena Picknell at dpicknell@sanantoniosports.org.
 
High School Students: Are You an Alpha Warrior? 
 

Prove it! San Antonio Sports invites area high school teams to connect in the ultimate test of teamwork and toughness designed to pit high school student teams against each other in a competitive and challenging fitness regimen: the Alpha Warrior Team Tough Challenge.

Taking place over one month, team members will follow the Alpha Warrior training program by logging their progress and posting videos to #teamtough in order to reach team goals and move on to the next level. Alpha Warrior will provide progressive workouts (Delta, Charlie, Bravo and Alpha) along with demonstration videos and workout schedules.

At the end of the month-long challenge, teams will be named Alpha Warriors and each member completing the challenge will receive a special finishers medal and an Alpha Warrior Team Tough t-shirt. Teams can join at any time during the one-month challenge but the later they join, the more difficult completing the mission of achieving Alpha level. Students, don’t delay. The challenge runs Aug. 24-Sept. 26. Learn more and register here

Beyond the Baseline Rescheduled
 
The San Antonio Local Organizing Committee is bringing together the best of Texas women’s basketball to tip-off the 2021 NCAA Women’s Final Four in San Antonio. The virtual broadcast will air Oct. 13 on San Antonio Sports’ social channels and launch a series of Beyond the Baseline programming designed to inspire and engage professional women and business leaders through the Power of Sport. 
 
The panel will share their experiences as Final Four coaches, provide insights on what the Power of Sport means to them and discuss the process for building a championship culture. Donations from the broadcast will go to support efforts to engage and expose 5,000 Girl Scouts to the Power of Sport.  
 
Featuring: 
Kim Mulkey, Head Coach, Baylor University
Gary Blair, Head Coach, Texas A&M University
Vic Schaefer, Head Coach, University of Texas
With Special Guests:
Jody Conradt, Former Head Coach, University of Texas
Marsha Sharp, Former Head Coach, Texas Tech University
Moderated by: Aditi Kinkhabwala, National Correspondent, NFL Network
 
Let us know if you’re interested in attending Beyond the Baseline or in other 2021 Women’s Final Four opportunities. 
Beyond the Game
 
Do you know a middle or high school athletic team who has given back to our community? While circumstances have changed, we know that teams are making an impact in different ways. Please share their story. San Antonio Sports and Methodist Healthcare would like to shine a light on athletes who model key values and serve others. Teachers, coaches, school administrators and the community are invited to nominate middle and high school teams that have demonstrated respect, selfless service, caring, integrity and sportsmanship through community service, mentorship and stories of strength in the face of adversity.
 
Entries from Jan. 1 through the end of the 2020-21 school year will be accepted. Stories selected will be shared through San Antonio Sports’ social media outlets. Contact David Castro with questions.
Movin’ On Up: From Back Row to Winner 

From the back of the class to getting certified to teach Zumba, Adriana Combe has come a long way since her first Fit Family Challenge presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas Zumba class. A friend invited her to try it six years ago. “I started out at the back and I was unable to complete the entire class, but I learned you can always modify or if you get lost just march in place,” she recalls. Soon she could be found on the front row and even danced facing the students “up close and personal with the instructors! I felt so good I started whooping and hollering in the class not even paying mind to the yelps, grunts and shouts of encouragements coming from me!”
 
Adriana’s frequent attendance paid off when she won the monthly Fit Family Challenge Home Edition $100 gift card drawing for July. Participants are automatically entered to win every time they stay for at least 75% of class.
 
Adriana says anyone who’s hesitant to try class should know that it’s a “complete no judgement zone” with fitness levels from beginners to advanced, students of all ages, males and females. “We’re so busy looking at the instructor’s dance cues to notice others around us once the class begins.” (READ MORE)
Make Dinner a Fiesta at Home with Taco Cabana

Make dinner a fiesta at home with our friends at Taco Cabana. Enjoy Margarita Palooza with 12 flavors for $2– all day, every day.

Order online at tacocabana.com.

Pick it up curbside or if you don’t want to leave the house, HAVE IT DELIVERED!

Keep the fiesta at home, where it’s always 5 o’ clock somewhere!
 
Curbside pick-up and alcohol delivery are BOTH available (currently, alcohol is only delivered in San Antonio).
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