San Antonio Sports programs igniting a love of sport in students

SAN ANTONIO – The annual day of giving, Giving Tuesday, is now in its 10th year and a participating local organization is transforming our community through the power of sport.

Gloria Martinez says San Antonio Sports programs are changing the lives of children in our community.

“We have already changed many lives. I have some kids who have been in the program in the past and are in college making great choices,” Gloria Martinez, i Play! Coach after school said.

That Play! The after school program at JT Brackenridge Elementary School instills a love of sports in students while teaching them life lessons.

“Some of them had attendance problems and are here every day on time. I greet them at the front. Some of them had behavioral problems and their behavior has since changed,” said Martinez.

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The free program is in more than 60 elementary schools across San Antonio.

“We bring early sports development to our children and our community. Also with an emphasis on character development, nutrition, education and this year mental health and wellness,” said Jenny Carnes, Senior Vice President of San Antonio Sports.

Carnes said donations keep the programs alive.

“Go to our i Play! The after school program as well as our summer fitness program, Fit Family Challenge keeps our community active and healthy,” said Carnes.

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San Antonio Sports library of i play! After-school videos teaching the fundamentals of football, track, basketball and volleyball are available in the KSAT Kids section of KSAT.com and on the YouTube page of KSAT.

KSAT Kids has the full instructional video library and provides fun ways for kids to learn and practice their skills in the four sports listed above. They can be found by clicking here.

Also available is an Alpha Warrior junior series, which offers basic workout videos that teach balance, flexibility and core strength.

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All videos include expert instruction from professional athletes and can be used by parents and coaches alike.

The videos are designed so athletes can replicate the techniques at home using equipment and items around the house.

“The mission of San Antonio Sports is to transform our community through the power of sports. Sport has the power to transform individuals, neighborhoods and entire communities. Research shows that there is a link between children who participate in sports and adults who experience professional and personal success,” said Carolyn Wheat, public relations manager for the local organization.

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