San Antonio Sports named as finalist in Aetna Voices of Health Campaign

SA Sports logo colorSan Antonio Sports announced that they are a finalist in the 2013 “Aetna Voices of Health” national campaign. Voting for the campaign takes place at and goes through October 13. San Antonio Sports is the only finalist from San Antonio.

Aetna will award $30,000 to the group that gets the most online votes and $20,000 to the second-place finisher. All of the finalists promote wellness locally by fighting conditions like asthma, diabetes and childhood obesity, which hit minorities at higher rates.

San Antonio Sports is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform our community through the power of sport. San Antonio Sports recognizes the link between healthy bodies and healthy minds and works every day to provide sports and fitness programs that inspire children and their families to live active, healthy lives.

“We are thrilled to be named a finalist in the ‘Aetna Voices of Health’ campaign,” said Russ Bookbinder, President & CEO of San Antonio Sports. “This campaign is a great opportunity to promote the important work we are doing in the community. The focus of our submission, our Fit Family Challenge, is a 12-week summer event series motivating San Antonio families to learn about and increase physical activity and healthy nutrition. It has grown every year and is changing lives.”

The “Aetna Voices of Health” website features a one-minute video from San Antonio Sports describing how the prize money would help the organization achieve its mission.

“There are a lot of great organizations participating, and we appreciate any support we receive,” said Bookbinder. “We encourage people to share our video and campaign through social media and spread the word.”

Aetna created “Voices of Health” in 2011 to honor groups that share its goals of closing racial and ethnic health care inequality gaps and helping people live healthier lives. The campaign is part of its support of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project. Aetna donated $1.275 million to support the project, with a portion of its gift used to help plant 180 new cherry trees at the memorial site in Washington, D.C.

About San Antonio Sports
San Antonio Sports is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1984, with a mission to “transform our community though the power of sport.” Our goals are to bring events that impact—like NCAA Championships; develop healthy kids through our in-and after school programs; and provide places to play, like SPARK—a school park program that is turning public elementary and middle school property into neighborhood parks to be enjoyed by the community outside of school hours. Recognized as one of the premier sports commissions in the nation, San Antonio Sports’ staff has more than 150 years of collective sports management experience.