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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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GAME OVER

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After 18 years in the NBA, 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and his last year with the Charlotte Hornets, it’s time for Spurs fans to say “Adios” to the incredible William Tony Parker, Jr.  On June 10, 2019 Parker announced that he would be retiring from the NBA.  His career included four NBA titles to include a 2007 Most Valuable Player honor as well as six All-Star appearances. 

In an interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Parker made his announcement in San Antonio, telling Spears: “I’m going to retire. I decided that I’m not going to play basketball anymore.

“A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision,” Parker said, per The Undefeated. “But, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can’t be Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore.”

Via Twitter, Parker posted the following: “It’s with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an incredible journey! Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would live all those unbelievable moments with the NBA and the French National Team. Thank you for everything!”

The French Native who arrived in San Antonio at the age 19 after being selected the No. 28 pick of the 2001 NBA Draft has noted on several occasions that San Antonio will always be home, and now Parker can join the likes of George “The Ice Man” Gervin, David “The Admiral” Robinson, Sean Elliot, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginóbili on the SRV (Spurs Retirement Vehicle).

Job well done Tony Parker.

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Black Baseball Legend Dies

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As we celebrate Black History Month, one figure who was a trailblazer in the game of baseball died today at the age of 83.

Frank Robinson, who was born in Beaumont, Texas, was a World Series champion, finished his baseball career with 586 career home runs, and led the way for minorities in management in the game.

At the age 20, Robinson was rookie of the year for the Cincinnati Reds in 1956, which began a 21-year career in which he played for five teams and became the first to win the MVP award in both leagues.

“Frank Robinson’s résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations,” Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career.”

The Cleveland Indians gave Robinson his chance at managing in 1975 when they made him player-manager and gave him the distinction as the first black manager in the Major Leagues. He earned the AL’s Manager of the Year Award in 1989 after leading the Baltimore Orioles, which famously lost its first 21 games the year prior to an 87-win season. At his Hall of Fame induction in 1982, Robinson paid homage to Baltimore, Memorial Stadium and its fans.

Plans for funeral arrangements were not immediately announced. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests donations in Robinson’s name to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis or the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about Robinson, visit: https://www.mlb.com/news/frank-robinsons-top-10-mlb-moments/c-300017338

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Three San Antonio Football Players Get to the Super Bowl

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The NFL Super Bowl has been good for one local high school – John Jay. Since the news broke that the LA Ram’s No. 83 Josh Reynolds gradated from the Northwest school, media has been flocking to the school’s doors.

It also helps that Reynolds’ mother, Michelle, is an assistant principal there.

Josh Reynolds, a wide receiver for the Rams, graduated from Jay High School where he played football, basketball and ran track. After high school, he played for Tyler Junior College and found his way to Texas A&M University. He was drafted in 2017 by the Rams.

In 2016, an ESPN story said, “Since joining the Aggies in 2014, the San Antonio product has been one of the conference’s most consistent and productive receivers but rarely is his name first off the lips of observers rattling off the (NCAA Southeastern Conference) top pass-catchers.”

In San Antonio –  a city that has produced many top-notch football players, Reynolds’ name is gold.

Malcolm Brown, a graduate of Steele High School in Cibolo, is a running back for the Rams, but he’s on the injured reserve list. He’s been with the Rams since 2015 after playing for the University of Texas.

Ramon Richards graduated from Brackenridge High School in 2014. He played for Oklahoma State and was signed by the Rams last year. He’s on the team’s practice squad.

As the Rams face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this Sunday, most of the Jay community will be rallying behind its former student. The school is so excited they made a No. 83 jersey for their Mustang mascot.

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