While sports is our business, community is our passion. Silver & Black Give Back is a 501(c)(3) public charity that invests in our community in partnership with the entire Spurs Sports & Entertainment family of teams; the Spurs (NBA), Rampage (AHL), Silver Stars (WNBA) and Austin Toros (NBA Developmental League). The charity was originally created in 1988, when there was only one team in the SS&E family and was historically known as the Spurs Foundation.
Mission: Through our unique resources and opportunities, we work to creatively engage young people to enrich their communities.
Silver & Black Give Back supports youth sports and youth led service programs throughout San Antonio and South Texas. The two premier initiatives of Silver & Black Give Back are:
- Team Up Challenge, a service based learning program
- Youth sports programs, such as the Spurs Youth Basketball League
Fundraisers that support the mission of Silver & Black Give Back include the annual Tux ‘N Tennies Dinner and Auction, Spurs Calendars, Fiesta Medals, and various team activities.
Silver & Black Give Back relies on contributions from the public to help the Spurs, Rampage, Silver Stars and Toros engage the youth of South Texas.
Key initiatives of Silver & Black Give Back:
TEAM UP CHALLENGE
The Team Up Challenge is a student led service initiative across 24 school districts. It encourages students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world, bringing education alive in powerful ways. Through these service learning projects students are empowered to change the world. Their innovative projects address needs in their own neighborhoods, starting right here in San Antonio and the Spurs, Rampage, Silver Stars and Toros get to help.
Classes, clubs, and teams participating in the Team Up Challenge are giving back to our community through projects supporting: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, and Uniformed Services.
YOUTH SPORTS - SPURS YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE
In 1989 Coach Popovich and Frank Martin established the Spurs Drug-Free League. This initial undertaking transformed over the years from the Drug-Free League, the Midnight Basketball League, and is known today, as the Spurs Youth Basketball League. Approximately 250,000 players have participated in the league in the last 20 years. As we head into the 23nd year, approximately 15,000 youth participate annually.
The SYBL presented by Pizza Hut and Valero, also receives significant funding from Silver & Black Give Back. Silver & Black Give Back underwrites the cost of player and coach jerseys, training and background checks for coaches, and marketing material for the league such as banners of the pledge to hang in all SYBL gyms.