Spurs To Host Silver & Black Give Back Weekend For Community Initiatives

SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 22, 2011) – Silver & Black Give Back, formerly Spurs Foundation, will be raising awareness and funds for its community initiatives during the first-ever Silver & Black Give Back Weekend, Friday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, Feb. 27.

The Silver & Black Weekend tips-off with two weekend game broadcasts dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the programs supported by Silver & Black Give Back. On Friday, the Spurs vs. New Jersey Nets game will air on KENS 5 TV at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday the Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies game will television locally on FOX Sports Southwest at 6:00 p.m. Fans will also have opportunities during both game broadcasts to make donations in support of Silver and Black Give Back initiatives by calling 210.444.5050.

Tux N Tennies is sold-out, but for those who want to support Silver & Black Give Back programs, there are additional opportunities to consider.

  • Silver & Black Give Back is hosting an online auction where fans can bid on exclusive experiences with players, sports memorabilia and travel packages. The auction will run from Monday, Feb. 21 through Monday, Feb. 28 at Noon. Log on to spurs.com/auction. to view the auction. Donations can also be made online at spurs.com/donate.
  • Tux N Tennies Passports include favorite recipes from Spurs players, $124 in gift cards to local restaurants and venues and one lucky person will win a playoff road trip. Passports are $100 and can be purchased online at spurs.com/tux.
Silver & Black Give Back, is a 501(c)(3) public charity. The charity was originally created in 1988, when there was only one team in the SS&E family and has historically been known as the Spurs Foundation. Today, Silver & Black Give Back supports youth sports and education based service programs throughout San Antonio and South Texas. Its two premiere initiatives are the Team Up Challenge and youth sports programs.

Team Up Challenge is a service-based learning program that awards funding and incentives to classrooms, clubs and teams for their commitment to improving our community. The program tipped-off in October, and will run throughout the 2010-11 school year with 20 classes awarded $2,500 in seed funding to complete their project. At the end of the school year, five of the 20 classes will be awarded a grant of $20,000 for their community projects.

Youth sports programs, such as the Spurs Youth Basketball League, presented by Pizza Hut and Valero, was developed by Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich and Kids Sports Network founder Frank Martin in 1990. The league is in its 21st year, and has grown to annually include more than 20,000 South Texas youth in a positive basketball experience.

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