Silver & Black Give Back Awards $50K In Facility Grants

October 2, 2014

Silver & Black Give Back announced today the 2014 Facilities Grant winners, who will receive a combined $50,000 to aid programs that provide San Antonio-area students with safe places to develop through teamwork and competition. The three nonprofits set to benefit from the donations are The Arc of San Antonio, Ella Austin Community Center and Karma Teens Empowered.

The Arc of San Antonio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting people with developmental disabilities, has been awarded $15,000 from Silver & Black Give Back. The grant will fund a shade structure over The Arc’s outdoor pool for clients who are very sensitive to direct sunlight. The pool is also used for other organizations that serve special needs individuals.

Ella Austin Community Center will receive $15,000 toward a new HVAC system in the gym. EACC strives to improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of families and individuals in the AT&T Center neighborhood, and youth programs are currently held in the gym in the mornings only due to health concerns from heat during peak hours.

Karma Teens Empowered, also referred to as Brooks Inner-City Sports, has been granted $20,000 to completely renovate its gym which has been operating Spurs Youth Basketball League programming for over a decade. Updates will include roof repairs, replacing wooden backboards with glass collegiate backboards, installing bleachers to replace folding chairs and bringing in water coolers and trash cans for the facility.

Each organization is a Silver & Black Give Back partner. The Arc of San Antonio was a 2012 Summer Team Up Challenge Champion and Ella Austin Community Center was a 2012 Summer Team Up Challenge semifinalist, while Karma Teens Empowered is a Spurs Youth Basketball League site.

To learn more about Silver & Black Give Back Facility Grants, visit SBGB.org. To qualify for a 2015 facility grant, applicants must be operators of SBGB programs, designated as tax-exempt by the IRS and have a minimum 10-year lease or use agreement for the facility. Applications for the 2015 awards will be due in the spring.

About Facility Grants

This is the first year Silver & Black Give Back has awarded Facility Grants. The grants were implemented to invest in the infrastructure of facilities that provide our students with safe places to play and learn the valuable life lessons gained through teamwork and competition. The funding is available to nonprofit organizations that operate SBGB youth programs, such as the Spurs Youth Basketball League, Future Stars, Team Up Challenge and Jr. Rampage.

About Silver & Black Give Back

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.

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