Team Up Challenge Champions Announced

Silver & Black Give Back, formerly Spurs Foundation, today announced the five Team Up Challenge champions, awarding each with a $20,000 grant for their positive contributions to the community.

SAN ANTONIO (April 5, 20011) – Silver & Black Give Back, formerly Spurs Foundation, today announced the five Team Up Challenge champions, awarding each with a $20,000 grant for their positive contributions to the community.

The five Team Up Challenge champions were selected from 20 semifinalists whose community projects addressed needs in one of five categories: health & wellness, education, environment, uniformed services and arts & culture. Students also received rewards throughout the season for working on their projects, including; tickets, player appearances and prizes.

“The first season of the Team Up Challenge exceeded our expectations, and that is a testament to the dedication of the students who have worked to improve our community,” said Silver & Black Give Back Executive Director Laura Dixon. “The Team Up Challenge semifinalists dedicated their time and energy to projects and services that made an impact in their neighborhoods, and choosing the five champions was not an easy task for our review committees. We are honored to award each of the five champions a $20,000 grant on behalf of Silver & Black Give Back.

The 2010-11 Team Up Challenge champions are:

  • Crestview Elementary Student Council (Judson ISD) - The Student Council, along with over 100 volunteers, painted a mural and created several gardens in one of their courtyards and used these gardens for K-5th grade science lessons.

  • Highlands High School “Voices for Animals” Club (SAISD) – The program hosted a free veterinary clinic in their gym, saved over 50 stray animals, and organized block walks to educate their neighbors on responsible pet ownership.

  • Johnson High School Key Club (NEISD) - Johnson Key Club volunteered at the Food Bank, assembled back packs of food for school children, created a brochure on the benefits of home gardens and helped assemble bags for the Kids Café in Laurel Heights.

  • Randolph Elementary “Team heART” (Randolph Field) - Team heART used the seed funding to purchase digital cameras to create an ABCs of Character book. They also created and photographed sculptures, secured a sponsor for the printing of note cards with those pictures and raised $2,500 from the sale of the note cards. This money went to the San Antonio chapter of the Red Cross. All additional funds will be donated to the Red Cross’ earthquake/tsunami relief effort in Japan.

  • St. George Episcopal School “Chain of Love” Team Domino (Private) - St. George created a 50 page manual of how to create a successful Chain of Love project and is developing a website to instruct schools on how to create a Chain of Love. The group also provided seed money to two other schools for a Chain of Love project. St. George sent nine middle school students to Antonian Preparatory High School to assist with their Chain of Love project. The Antonian project raised $8,000 for the building of a school in Africa.

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 works to creatively engage young people to enrich their communities through youth sports and education based service programs in San Antonio and South Texas.

For more information on Silver & Black Give Back, the Team Up Challenge or to make a contribution, please visit the community section on spurs.com.