Spurs Community Programs
SPURS IN THE COMMUNITY
Sport, June, 2000
Winner of the Pro Team Community Award,
World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame –Fall, 2000
A great basketball club is more than a collection of superb athletes—it is a partner with its community, solving problems, creating opportunities and enhancing the quality of life.
We all benefit when kids succeed in school, when we have an educated workforce, when families are strengthened, when neighborhoods are safe, and when everyone takes the time and responsibility to make our community an even better place to learn, live and work.
The Spurs Family has been a partner with San Antonians for 30 years and we are truly dedicated to this community. We take tremendous pride in actively serving South Texas--a diverse area with diverse needs--through financial support, recreational and educational programming, publicity and the personal involvement of Spurs management, current and former players, coaches, the Coyote and the Silver Dancers. We strive to be a catalyst for community spirit and pride through our organization’s myriad of community activities and our nonprofit arm, the Spurs Foundation.
We are honored to be your friends and neighbors and are proud to have so many supporters who have joined with us in our mission. For every assist on the court, the Spurs try to make twice as many in the community. That’s a stat that makes the entire organization proud!
The Spurs Care...
Spurs current players, coaches, front office personnel, Silver Dancers, Coyote, former players George Gervin and Johnny Moore and Chief Operating Officer for the San Antonio WNBA Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil make more than 1,100 appearances in the community each year.
- Annually, the Spurs and Spurs Foundation support more than 1,800 different area organizations with in-kind or cash contributions. These in-kind donations (tickets, autographed memorabilia, appearances, etc.) are used to raise thousands of dollars for charitable causes in the San Antonio area.
- Since its inception in 1988, the nonprofit Spurs Foundation has donated more than
$6 million in cash and in-kind contributions to deserving South Texas children through organizations that provide basic, recreational, and medical needs.
- The Spurs educational outreach programs range in scope to address those issues rated most important by local teaching professionals. Through our READ TO ACHIEVE initiative, these programs focus on student literacy and writing, character education and recognition, and teacher and parent acknowledgement.
- More than 110,000 incentives, which include books, tickets, certificates, scholarships,
t-shirts, and player visits are distributed through the Spurs education programs each season to inspire a myriad of student achievements.
- The Spurs Wives organization (d.b.a. Spurs Home Court) has raised and donated more than $89,000 to various area charities the past several years.
- Tim Duncan’s third annual “Bowling for Dollar$” Charity Bowl-A-Thon raised more than $110,000 for cancer-related nonprofit beneficiaries in San Antonio and St. Croix.
- Each year, Spurs players purchase season tickets for the sole purpose of ensuring that thousands of underserved area youth and families have the opportunity to attend a Spurs game and experience the excitement of professional basketball.
THE SPURS FOUNDATION
Created in 1988, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Spurs Foundation was established to generate goodwill and financial support for economically, emotionally and/or physically disadvantaged youth in South Texas. The Spurs Foundation’s volunteer board includes fans, community leaders, former Spurs players and representatives from the corporate and civic sectors.
Since its inception in 1988, the nonprofit Spurs Foundation has donated more than $6 million in cash and in-kind contributions to deserving South Texas children. During the 2001-02 season, the Spurs Foundation donated $700,000 in cash toward youth programming, grants, scholarships and charity tickets.
In addition to corporate and individual donations, the Spurs Foundation is supported by three annual fundraisers: the Spurs Scramble Golf Tournament, the Tip-Off Luncheon presented by Southwest Airlines and the Tux ‘N Tennies Dinner and Auction presented by Southwest Business Corporation. The entire Spurs team and coaching staff participate in all three of these events.
Annually, proceeds from fundraising efforts enable the Spurs Foundation to:
- Donate more than 18,000 Spurs and Rampage game tickets to underserved youth
- Ensure that more than 20,000 youth participate in the Spurs/Pizza Hut Drug-Free Youth
- Fund $30,000 in scholarships to area high school seniors
- Invest more than $100,000 in programming to benefit area youth
- Donate more than 10,000 books to Bexar County youth
- Team with the Tim Duncan Foundation to recognize children who demonstrate integrity, respect, dependability, fairness, caring and civic responsibility
- Partner with David Robinson to recognize student accomplishments of all kinds through
Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood of Achievers
Spurs Foundation Grants
Each year since its inception in 1988, the Spurs Foundation has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations seeking funding for programs for disadvantaged youth in South Texas. The successful 2002 grant disbursement included more than $137,000 to San Antonio and South Texas area charities. Additionally, four of the local nonprofit children’s organizations are selected by the Spurs Foundation’s volunteer Board of Directors to become Spurs Foundation “featured youth charities.” During the 2002-2003 season, the following youth organizations will receive publicity in addition to their grants: The American Lung Association of Texas, The Children’s Shelter, Kids Sports Network, Palmer Drug Abuse Program.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT THROUGH EDUCATION AND RECOGNITION
The San Antonio Spurs are committed to supporting education programs that motivate and reward students. Our incentive-based programs award more than 110,000 incentives and are easy for teachers to implement in their classrooms, support existing school curriculum and strive to promote academic success, character development, teacher recognition and, most importantly, reading and literacy.
Read to Achieve
Through the NBA’s exciting initiative devoted to children’s literacy—READ TO ACHIEVE— the NBA has united its leading assets to promote the value of reading and online literacy, as well as encourage families and adults to read regularly with young children.
Here in San Antonio, the Spurs implement READ TO ACHIEVE through our educational programming, read aloud events with Spurs players and coaches, Spurs home game programming and free book donations. It is especially important for San Antonio to embrace literacy because the 15.05 percent illiteracy rate in our community is higher than that of Texas or the United States as a whole (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 1990). The Spurs, like First Lady Laura Bush, want kids to “learn to read and then read to learn!”
Wells Fargo High Five Readers
An exciting four-week reading challenge will reward first through fifth graders with great prizes, which include a visit to a Wells Fargo vault with a Spurs player! Designed to challenge students to develop good reading habits, students compete individually and as a class to win more than 2,500 tickets to a Spurs, Rampage, or WNBA game.
Spurs & International Bank of Commerce Slam Dunk Reading Challenge
Third, fourth and fifth graders will have the opportunity to participate in a reading competition to win 1,000 Spurs game tickets, 2,000 Rampage game tickets or the grand prize—a Spurs player hosting a Reading Time-Out read aloud event for their class, courtesy of International Bank of Commerce and the Spurs. The Slam Dunk Reading Challenge supports children in becoming “independent” readers by challenging them to set aside their own special time to read, and encouraging them to choose their own reading materials. In addition, this program is designed to involve parents in their children’s reading interests.
“What’cha Reading” Elementary School Reading Program
In its seventh year, the Spurs and Whataburger will reward more than 25,000 Bexar County students for accomplishments in reading through the “What’cha Reading” program. Every student who earns the What’cha Reading achievement certificate has the opportunity to enter a drawing for three incredible grand prizes courtesy of Whataburger: 1) limousine service, dinner and four floor tickets to a 2002-03 Spurs home game 2) Spurs Suite passes for four to a selected 2002-2003 home game, or 3) one classroom Reading Time-Out with a Spurs player. Additionally, every What’cha Reading certificate includes a coupon for one free Justaburger Kids Meal.
Each year, the Spurs Foundation partners with Scholastic, Inc. to purchase and donate thousands of books to emergent readers. This literacy partnership reinforces our message of READ TO ACHIEVE!
Spurs & Texas Jeep Dealers are “Scoring Stories with Steve Smith”
For the sixth year, Texas Jeep Dealers and the Spurs will hold a creative writing contest for elementary students. Classes will exercise their minds and imaginations, work together as a team, and, with help from their teachers, write a story to win a visit from Spurs guard Steve Smith! The story’s theme is: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream…What are your dreams? Steve Smith, the 2001-02 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, selects the story that “scores” and visits the winning class at their school!
The Spurs Have Reading All-Stars
The following members of the San Antonio community have lent their support to READ TO ACHIEVE and will be a part of the 2002-03 All-Star Reading Team: San Antonio City Manager Terry Brechtel, Paralympic Gold-Medal Athlete Ross Davis, Chief Operating Officer of the San Antonio WNBA Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil, San Antonio Mayor Ed Garza, World Champion Boxer James Leija, Bexar County Sheriff Ralph Lopez, and Spurs Center David Robinson.
Spurs Book Stores
At selected home games, Spurs “Book Stores” will open for young Spurs fans with more than 8,000 new books being distributed this season.
Spurs Players Give Kids their Favorite Books
During the 2002-03 Spurs season, Spurs players will again host on court book exchanges with children randomly selected from the audience at various Spurs home games. Each child selected to participate in these book exchanges will receive a copy of a player’s favorite childhood book from the player himself.
Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood of Achievers
In its 13th successful year, this season, nearly 1,125 students will be recognized as Mister Robinson’s Achievers for their accomplishments in the classroom and community such as showing initiative, displaying leadership, showing good sportsmanship, making good grades, and demonstrating integrity. Each “Mister Robinson’s Achiever” receives two free Spurs game tickets in the exclusive Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood section, an achievement certificate and a t-shirt they can proudly wear to the game. Austin public schools also participate in this program funded in part by various Austin-based companies.
The Spurs Applaud Bexar County Teachers
When our children succeed in school, our teachers are largely responsible. Acknowledging that exceptional teachers in Bexar County are at the forefront of our many school successes, the Spurs and Rampage are please to publicly applaud teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty for their students. During the 2002-03 season, 41 exceptional public school teachers will be recognized at Spurs games for their commitment to education and the youth of San Antonio. In its inaugural year, the Rampage will also applaud outstanding teachers through this program and recognize a Bexar County teacher at each of its 40 home games.
Spurs Foundation Awards $30,000 in College Scholarships
This year, the Spurs Foundation will award $30,000 in scholarships to 25 college-bound Bexar County high school seniors.
- The Angelo Drossos Memorial Scholarship will award $3,000 to an academically outstanding Bexar County High School basketball player exhibiting financial need. Angelo Drossos was one of the original owners of the Spurs and remained in the majority ownership position until 1988 when he sold the franchise to Red McCombs.
- The Colonel Maury Holden Memorial Scholarship will award $3,000 to a graduating Boysville senior. Col. Holden was the Spurs treasurer for 20 years, the secretary/treasurer of the Spurs Foundation and a longtime friend of the Spurs family.
- The Craig Martin Memorial Scholarship will award $3,000 to a North East ISD graduating high school senior who has a positive outlook, demonstrates a strong work ethic and plans to attend a Texas college. Craig Martin was the late son of Frank Martin, the co-founder of the Spurs/Pizza Hut Drug-Free Youth Basketball League.
- Through the Spurs Foundation/City Public Service Bright Light Scholarship Program, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to 10 graduating Bexar County high school seniors who rank in the top 10 percent of their class with an SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 26. In addition, recipients are selected based on academic achievement, school and community leadership, teacher recommendations and evaluation of applicant’s personal narrative. Scholarships are administered through the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, 210-525-8494.
- New this season, the Spurs Foundation and Taco Cabana will present the Hometown Achievers scholarships—$1,000 scholarships to be awarded to twenty-five Bexar County graduating seniors who plan to attend a public “hometown” Bexar County university or community college. One scholarship will be awarded to twenty-five students who plan to attend The University of Texas at San Antonio, or the Alamo Community College District’s San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College or St. Phillip’s College.
- Sylvania, H-E-B and the Spurs Foundation will also award five outstanding Bexar County seniors with $1,000 scholarships for demonstrating a commitment to their academics, as well as displaying volunteerism and community involvement. Recipients will have a minimum 1200 SAT score or 26 ACT score, school leadership, teacher recommendations and include a personal narrative.
- Additionally, two $500 scholarships are awarded annually to two Bexar County high school graduates who have competed on the state level in one of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Academic Contests and met additional requirements of the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation (TILF).
The Spurs and Whataburger Want Winners…in their Circle
The Spurs and Whataburger are looking far and wide to recognize hardworking middle school students in Bexar County who display good citizenship and strive to do their best in and out of the classroom. During the 2002-03 Spurs regular season, 41 students from Bexar County public middle schools will be inducted into the “Whataburger Winner’s Circle”—a program that rewards free Spurs tickets, in game recognition and dinner from Whataburger to one middle school student at each home game.
GROWING HEALTHIER KIDS THROUGH POSITIVE RECREATION
Spurs/Pizza Hut Drug-Free Youth Basketball League
In its 13th successful season, the Spurs/Pizza Hut Drug-Free Youth Basketball League, honorarily chaired by Spurs guard Steve Kerr and presented by Ultramar Diamond Shamrock, will offer nearly 20,000 at-risk youth the opportunity to play basketball, improve their athletic skills and learn the importance of team work, cooperation, sportsmanship and discipline in a drug-free and safe environment. The non-school eight-week league targets youth ranging in age from seven to 16 from less affluent city neighborhoods.
In 1991, after noticing a lack of recreational programs with an anti-drug theme, Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich and Kids Sports Network President Frank Martin created the League. Today, Spurs/Pizza Hut Drug-Free League basketball teams play at 75 locations, and are supported by 32 organizations throughout South Texas.
Every player wearing the Spurs/Pizza Hut Drug-Free League uniform must play at least one quarter of each game and recite the Drug-Free Pledge out loud before the game:
“As a member of the Spurs/Pizza Hut Drug-Free Youth Basketball League, I pledge to:
- Be drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free and encourage others to be so as well;
- Exhibit good sportsmanship and fair play;
- Work hard to be the best that I can be;
- Respect my opponent, all officials, the rules of the league and especially myself.”
Spurs Basketball Camps
Each summer, girls and boys eight years and older can attend full or half day Spurs Basketball Camps. An overnight camp is also offered for boys 10 and older. Each weeklong camp’s focus is on basketball fundamentals and the Spurs’ winning attitude. Camp instructors include area college and high school coaches with instructional visits from current and former Spurs players and coaches. Gatorade and Kraft will provide products for camp. For more information, call the camp hotline at 1-800-688-SPUR or 210-554-7794.
REACHING OUT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Auction & Raffle Donations
The Spurs and Spurs Foundation make each year, nearly 1,600 donations or in-kind contributions to nonprofits, including churches, charities and schools. These donations, ranging from tickets and autographed memorabilia, raise thousands of dollars for charitable causes in the San Antonio area. To request a donation, please send a letter on your organization’s letterhead to the Donations Manager, One SBC Center, San Antonio, TX 78219 or send by fax to 210-444-5875.
A Feeling of Community Begins at Home ... Games
Thousands of fans experience their first Spurs home game through the Spurs Community Ticket Donation program. Each year, through the underwriting support of the Spurs, Spurs Foundation, Spurs players and sponsors, thousands of tickets are awarded so that underserved children and their families can experience the excitement of NBA basketball. To request a ticket donation for your nonprofit organization please send a letter on your organization’s letterhead to the Donations Manager, One SBC Center, San Antonio, TX 78219 or send by fax to 210-444-5875.
Spurs of the Moment
The Spurs Family always has time for the community. Spurs current players, former players, coaches, Coyote, Silver Dancers and management annually attend a host of community events, school assemblies, hospital visits, nonprofit events and fundraising benefits. Each year, the Spurs family makes more than 1,100 community appearances. Be on the lookout for former Spurs greats George Gervin and Johnny Moore and Chief Operating Officer of the San Antonio WNBA Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil taking their leadership into the community…and don’t be surprised when you see the NBA’s Most Valuable Varmint, the Spurs Coyote, and the Spurs Silver Dancers out and about in San Antonio as well!
For information on having a Spurs representative participate in your event, please send a written request by fax to 210-444-5875 or by mail to the Appearance Coordinator, One SBC Center, San Antonio, TX 78219. Requests should be made at least four weeks prior to the event and include all information concerning the event.
Tim Duncan’s “Bowling for Dollar$” Charity Bowl-A-Thon
Tim Duncan’s annual “Bowling for Dollar$” Charity Bowl-A-Thon, chaired by his wife Amy, has helped to “strike out” cancer with nearly $390,000 raised to help fund awareness campaigns and cutting–edge research for breast and prostate cancer, as well as fund mobile mammographies and diagnostic follow up for uninsured women. Duncan’s crusade to cure and eliminate cancer, and his compassion with cancer-related issues has heightened awareness about this disease throughout San Antonio and South Texas. Tim Duncan’s dedication to his mission has proved that he is both the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) and an MVP in the San Antonio community.
Spurs Wheelchair Basketball Team
The Spurs Wheelchair Basketball Team, a member of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA), will begin their 2002-2003 season with an October halftime performance. The team functions as a physical and emotional rehabilitation source, competes throughout Texas and the United States, and scrimmages during at least three halftimes of select Spurs home games. Comprised of individuals ages 15 to 55, the team’s funding comes from individual and corporate supporters including the Spurs Foundation. For information on joining the team, hosting a speaker, or to make a donation, please call 210-444-5865.
Spurs Wives Active in Community
The Spurs Wives Organization, dubbed the “Spurs Home Court,” was established to raise money for and support various local charities in San Antonio. Comprised of player and coaching staff wives, girlfriends and mothers, the Home Court has raised and donated more than $89,000 to area local nonprofit organizations over the past several years. You can spot the Spurs wives in the community as well, volunteering their time for or serving on the boards of a number of local charities.