Silver and Black Give Back's Team Up Challenge Voting Starts

SAN ANTONIO –Silver & Black Give Back today opened online voting providing the public with a chance to help select the 2013-14 Team Up Challenge champions. Five groups will be selected as champions and receive $20,000 in funding to help continue efforts to improve the community. Mayor Julian Castro partnered with Silver & Black Give Back in a video about the importance of voting and encouraged students to vote for their favorite Team Up Challenge projects.

Team Up Challenge online voting begins today, Monday, March 24, and will run through Monday, April 7. Online voting offers the public an opportunity to vote for projects they support and have seen make a difference in the community. Silver & Black Give Back will consider online voting results along with the recommendations of the Team Up Challenge review committee and overall community impact to determine the five Team Up Challenge champions, which will be announced in April.

In conjunction with the start of online voting, Silver & Black Give Back is launching a new version of TeamUpChallenge.com that will feature a responsive design allowing users to view the site easily on multiple devices. Visitors to the site can now see a dedicated page for each Team Up Challenge group, can vote for their favorite project and find more information on how to be a part of the Team Up Challenge.

The Team Up Challenge encourages students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world, bringing education alive in powerful ways. Students create projects that address needs that will help improve their community in one of five categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness or Uniformed Services. As a premier initiative of Silver & Black Give Back, Spurs and Rampage players have worked alongside the students to help bring their vision to life. Visit TeamUpChallenge.com for videos and photos of Spurs and Rampage players that Teamed Up with various projects throughout the year.

2013-14 Team Up Challenge Semifinalists:
Bexar County Academy(Leading Leaders), Big Country Elementary School (Camp Half Blood Book Club), Brewer Elementary School (Third Grade), Cisneros Elementary School (Community Service Club), Connell Middle School (The Knight Writers), Harris Middle School (Green Team), Hartman Elementary School (Student Council), Jordan Intermediate School (“Because We Can” Leadership Club), Keystone School with the Playhouse San Antonio (TRIBE), Metzger Middle School (Mustang Muscle), Martin Luther King Academy (National Junior Honor Society), Pershing Elementary School (Gardening Club), Rodriguez Elementary School (Baking with Books), St. Luke’s Episcopal School (St. Luke’s Tigers), Stevens High School (GT Leadership Class), Storm Elementary School (The Bobcats), Vineyard Ranch Elementary School (Learners to Leaders), Whittier Middle School (National Junior Honor Society), Wilson Elementary School (Gardening Club), and Zachry Middle School (Book Club).

Silver & Black Give Back is a 501(c)(3) public charity that invests in the community in partnership with the entire Spurs Sports & Entertainment family of teams. For more than 25 years our players, coaches and staff have focused on fostering young talent and enriching the community by encouraging local youth to become responsible adults and give back through programs like Spurs Youth Basketball League and Team Up Challenge. Together, our community has the power to empower and create lasting change throughout San Antonio. More information on Silver & Black Give Back can be found at SBGB.org.