San Antonio Sports
2017 NCYS STRIVE Award Finalist

San Antonio, Texas

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"Transforming Our Community Through The Power Of Sport"

For more than 30 years, San Antonio Sports has been focused on transforming our community through the power of sport. Our focus areas - Healthy Kids, Places to Play, and Events that Impact - provide access to recreational programs that impact some of the most underserved areas of our community, focus on living healthier lifestyles, and generate significant economic revenue for our city.


San Antonio Sports develops and supports sports and fitness programs for children across San Antonio. Programs include i play! afterschool, Kids Rock, Go!Kids Challenge and Fit Family Challenge.


San Antonio Sports targets sports as a growth industry by bringing events to San Antonio that deliver a positive economic impact and media exposure. Past events include three NCAA Men's Final Four® basketball championships, two Women's Final Four® basketball championships, the Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon and the USA Swimming National Championships. In 2018, the NCAA Men's Final Four® will return to San Antonio.


San Antonio Sports advocates for the development of quality athletic facilities in all areas of the community, including the San Antonio Sports School Park Program. The parks are accessible during non-school hours and represent a partnership between San Antonio Sports, the City of San Antonio, local school districts and the communities where the school parks are located.

With 19 full and part-time employees and 5,000 volunteers, San Antonio Sports reaches more than 200,000 people annually and brings international exposure to our city. Our long-term goals include further development of our community fitness programs in order to reach more residents in need of accessible fitness opportunities, and continuing to bid on and host premier sporting events in order to provide a positive economic impact for San Antonio in the years to come.

Measurable results of San Antonio Sports' programs include improved school attendance (i play! afterschool), improvements in personal health indicators such as blood pressure (Fit Family Challenge), increased consumption of fruits and vegetables (Fit Family Challenge and Go!Kids Challenge), and more. The priceless impact is the testimonial from a child whose confidence and self-esteem was boosted through our program, or the parent who saw a change in his child's attitude towards school, or the school administrator who noticed a child on the cusp of slipping through the cracks become a leader in her program.

All of our programs and services are provided to the San Antonio community at no charge and are deliberately coordinated in the areas of San Antonio that need it the most. Target areas include those that are considered most at risk for health issues related to obesity and diabetes, as well as those that reach underserved populations. San Antonio Sports' ability to transform the community relies on the support of our community partners as well as those who support the organization financially. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

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"Transforming Our Community Through The Power Of Sport"

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