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San Antonio Tennis Center Honored as an Outstanding Facility

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The McFarlin Tennis Center, centrally located in San Pedro Springs Park, has been recognized as a 2018 United States Tennis Association (USTA) Outstanding Facility award winner, according to the San Antonio Parks and Recreation.

The McFarlin Tennis Center is one of 24 winners in the 37th annual USTA Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country.

As the result of almost half a million dollars combined investments in 2016 from the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, San Antonio Tennis Association Inc. (SATA Inc.) and the McFarlin Tennis Foundation, there have been many facility renovations and upgrades to the award winning facility.

The McFarlin Tennis Center hosted 16 tennis tournaments in the year 2017, with approximately 5,900 players participating. It  has hosted top events such as the 2016 Texas CTA of the Year and the 2016 San Antonio Open, a women’s professional WTA 125K Event.

“Our ongoing partnership with the McFarlin Foundation and SATA enables the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department to support the game of tennis throughout the City of San Antonio, nationally and around the globe,” said Xavier Urrutia, director of San Antonio Parks and Recreation.

Urrutia added, “In addition to amazing tournaments held each year, the center is also the site for ongoing Fitness in the Park classes, NJTL (National Junior Tennis & Learning) programs, and adaptive programs.”

McFarlin Tennis Center offers 22 lighted hard courts with pro shop, lockers, showers and a variety of services. Courts can be reserved for corporate tennis events and open tennis play. Year-round programs include tennis lessons, camps, clinics, tournaments and leagues.

The McFarlin Tennis Center will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Aug. 30.

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Chad Briscoe and his son, Jamir, have created a basketball training tool called Ball By Yourself® Strap, the world’s first and only basketball training tool that allows players to train 100% of the time without ever chasing after loose balls, focusing on fitness, basketball skill development and safety while creating muscle memory through repetition.

Being a former European Professional Basketball player, former college All-American & former college and high school coach, Chad knows a thing or two about how important skill development is. His product works effectively for all players from age 5 up to adults.

He comments, “With the help of my son, I created Ball By Yourself® Strap to give kids an opportunity to see someone who looks like them who also had similar aspirations as them growing up to play professionally. My goal was to also help those who to want to ‘go pro’ to realize that they can do so in something other than just playing sports.”

“The reality is that only 1.3% of college players get drafted by the NBA, and they need to know that there are other career paths in the sports industry,” Chad adds. “Through our impact they will be inspired to formulate ideas that will possibly create products that will enhance the whole sports industry.”

Ball By Yourself® is currently being used by AAU, High School, College and D-league players across the country and has been sold to players in Brazil, Turkey, Spain, Australia and the UK. The product is also used as a physical fitness tool by kids and adults. It supports rehabilitation of injured players as well as patients with muscle restrictions (helping with arthritis to loosen muscles with passing & dribbling repetitions) and those who are wheelchair users.

With the collaboration between the NBA and the continent of Africa, children and adults from all 54 countries will have an opportunity to use this new training tool which promotes fundamentals without requiring a basketball court or even a partner. The product allows players to use their own 27.5, 28.5 or 29.5 basketball with the strap for convenience.

Ball By Yourself® is currently being sold online at www.BallByYourself.com as well as at AAU tournaments, camps and clinics across the country. The company was a vendor at last year’s Jam-On-It tournament in Reno, Nevada – the largest AAU basketball tournament in the country, hosting over 1,100 youth basketball teams. They sold out of their products after the first day of the event.

For investment opportunities, send an email to chad@ballbyyourself.com or call 925-698-2384.

Watch their Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS79OwLWg7o&feature=youtu.be

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6th Annual Rance Olison Sr. “Celebrity Sports Trivia Night” Gala

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San Antonio, TX— The NFL Former Players Association San Antonio-Austin Chapter will host their 6th Annual Rance Olison Sr. “Celebrity Sports Trivia Night” Gala, October 12, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Plaza Club, located on the 21 st floor of the Frost Bank Tower, 100 W. Houston St.

Rance “Sonny” William Olison used his athleticism to open doors that led to an advanced education and a lifetime of philanthropy. “He had a lot of great one-liners I find myself repeating, like: ‘To be a gainer, you must be a giver,’” former NFL and University of Texas running back Priest Holmes said about his friend. Olison called himself a “suitcase” player because he played in four professional football leagues including the NFL. He was a cornerback with the San Francisco 49ers in 1976. He also played for the Texarkana Phantoms in Arkansas from 1977-78, the Kansas City Chiefs in 1979, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1980, among others.

Olison also served as an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys and instructed many young people in sports throughout the years. Wanting to empower others, Olison also become a history teacher and philanthropist. During his reign as president of the NFL Former Players Association San Antonio-Austin Chapter, the organization worked with the San Antonio-based Priest Holmes Foundation to provide scholarships for students to help them step into promising futures.

On March 11, at age 65, Olison died of heart complications. To honor all of his accomplishments, The NFL Former Players Association San Antonio-Austin Chapter will host their 6th Annual Rance Olison Sr. “Celebrity Sports Trivia Night” Gala, October 12, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Plaza Club, located on the 21st floor of the Frost Bank Tower, 100 W. Houston St.

The event will feature a dinner, dance and silent auction. There will be several Former NFL, NBA and MLB players in San Antonio, Texas to take part in this event.

Proceeds will benefit the Mrs. Carrie Kendrix Buggs Turkey giveaway in Rance hometown in Arkansas and in San Antonio on December for families in need.

Tickets can be purchased on Event Brite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-rance-olison-celebrity-sports-trivia-night-gala-tickets-65676737891

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