Hard work pays off
As camp continues and our campers continue to learn, they also continue to eat! Antonio Daniels Basketball Camp has been a wonderful experience this year and we are exciting to continue to provide our kids with healthy lunch options that fuel their hearts and bodies during the game of basketball.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill is another one of the sponsors that was gracious enough to feed our hungry, healthy campers. Carrabba’s was founded in 1986 by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas, where the original Carrabba’s still stands.
Richard Hernandez, owner of the San Antonio restaurant at 12507 I-10 W., started as a server and bartender and now owns his own franchise location. Hernandez says the best part about running his business is being able to care for people and the community.
“We donate to a lot of different organizations and we promote from within giving our staff the opportunity to grow in our company,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez is a devoted Spurs fan and said he participated in camps such as Antonio Daniels Basketball Camp all the time as a child. He is excited to serve our campers and will be providing penne pasta and homemade meat sauce with sourdough bread for lunch.
“We will always be here to serve you and our community,” Hernandez said.
Thank you, Richard and Carrabba’s, for being so giving and supporting our family, our vision and our campers.
Healthy meals, happy campers
Sponsorships for lunches at Antonio Daniels Basketball Camp are one of the many factors that make our camp successful. When Gigi Alonzo, owner of WT Café, offered to sponsor lunch for our campers, we were delighted! Her familial values mirror ours and we are proud to have her as a sponsor.
WT Café started when a mom of three from Florida was not happy with her kids’ school lunches and wanted them to eat healthier meals. Alonzo has franchised in San Antonio for four years now and is located at 328 North Park Dr. Gigi learned to read labels for GMOs, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, etc. and joined the health food movement.
Alonzo says her favorite part about running her business is cooking in her kitchen and when students come by to tell her they enjoy her lunches.
Alonzo is a big fan of the Spurs and is excited to support Antonio Daniels and her nephew, Cash. WT Café will be serving whole wheat spaghetti with meat sauce and a Greek yogurt Caesar salad.
“I am fortunate to be able to give and even when money is tight for me, I know that $20 that I might spend on dinner out could mean a whole lot to someone else. So, I give whenever I’m able to,” Alonzo said.
Thank you, Gigi, for taking your healthy recipes and providing nourishment for our campers. We are so grateful for your giving spirit and can’t wait to see you at camp!
Using our gifts to serve others
When choosing who will sponsor lunches at Antonio Daniels Basketball Camp, it is important to us to choose businesses that we feel reflect the same values we hold dear to our hearts. It is exciting to say that we did just that when Perico’s selflessly volunteered to feed our beloved campers.
Perico’s is a Mexican food restaurant with two locations at 10820 Bandera Rd. and 1439 E. Sonterra Blvd. Perico’s is a sweet story of a hard-working UTSA graduate and his love for his family.
Russell Reyes, owner of Perico’s, said the name of his restaurant pays homage to both of his abuelas.
“The ‘perico,’ aka parrot, reminds me of my abuelitas because they both had talking parrots when I was growing up,” Reyes said. “In 2002 we secured the land on Prue and Bandera Rd. People thought we were crazy opening a restaurant in that area of town. We opened that same year and the rest is history.”
Reyes and Perico’s are excited to support and contribute to the next generation of athletes and live by their company Bible verse - 1 Peter 4:10.
“Our company verse is ‘using our gifts to serve others,’ so giving to the community gives us the opportunity to use and share our God-given gifts with others,” Reyes said.
Thank you so much, Russell and Perico’s, for serving your community and Antonio Daniels Basketball campers with love like Jesus. We look forward to seeing you at camp!
Fit with Flavor
For every physically fit camper we have at Antonio Daniels Basketball Camp, we also want healthy campers. This is why it is so important to us to find healthy sponsors for our kids lunches at camp every day. When Zedric’s offered to sponsor a day of camp, it was a no-brainer!
Zedric’s offers healthy, chef-prepared meals for those on-the-go and in need of an easy alternative to cooking dinner. Zedric’s has been providing the San Antonio community with their nutritious, meal-prepped breakfast, lunch, snack and dinners for eight years and now serves three locations: Stone Oak Crossing, Quarry Crossing and the Colonnade.
Thank goodness Head Chef and owner, Zach Lutton, realized food was his true passion. He attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York, moved back to San Antonio and realized the city was in need of fast, healthy options. With the help of his brother and mother, Zedric’s was born.
According to Lutton, most of the Zedric’s team is from San Antonio and value how special the community is.
“The Daniels family know that kids need to eat well-balanced meals to run basketball drills and play all day. It's not always easy to eat healthy while on-the-go. At Zedric's, we're all about making convenient food that's good for you but tastes good too,” Lutton said. “We’re excited to introduce kids and their parents to our nutrition-rich food that fuels the body to do the things kids love but is also easy for parents to prepare.”
Campers will be served turkey wraps with a whole wheat tortilla, thin sliced roasted all natural turkey breast, sliced American cheese, sweet seedless grapes, Texas grown mandarin slices, and Zed’s famous Peanut Butter Chocolate Chew.
We are so thankful for Zedric’s contribution to camp and know our campers will love them too!
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Chicken with a purpose
At Antonio Daniels Basketball Camp, we feed all of our campers that attend. We want to make sure they receive a meal that is going to keep their little bodies in great shape and full of energy for the activities they participate in while at camp. When we found out that Chick-fil-a would be sponsoring lunch for a day of camp, we were delighted! As most know, Chick-fil-a operates with values that closely mirror our own.
The Alon Town Center Chick-fil-a location, at 10503 NW Military Hwy in San Antonio, will be the location that sponsors lunch. Ryan Roberts, owner of the Alon Town Center location, is excited to help out with camp and serve our kiddos.
Roberts’ favorite aspect of running his business are the people and said he is most thankful for his team and leaders.
“Antonio and his family are always in our restaurant eating and spending time together as a family,” Roberts said. “Those family values are so important and I know that those values are emphasized and instilled in the youths at the basketball camp. So we see this as a very worthwhile partnership that we are happy to be a part of.”
Campers will get to enjoy the famous chicken sandwich at camp that day. Roberts said they love the positive impact they get to make when his restaurant serves its community.
“By giving back to the community, we get to live out the vision of our founder, Truett Cathy, which is to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that has been entrusted to us,” Roberts said. “Getting to be this extension of Truett and the rest of the Chick-fil-A family in our area of San Antonio is very rewarding.”
So thank you Ryan, not only for the delicious chicken sandwiches, but also for running a business that matches our beliefs and feeding our healthy, hungry campers with a servants heart. We will see you soon!
We all know what summer means: vacation. Vacation means food, fun and making tons of memories. Even though taking a trip is a time of relaxation and no worries, this does not mean you cannot practice your health and wellness habits just like at home. Why not continue to work on your vacay body during vacay, right? Here are five tips to help:
1. Airbnb versus a hotel.
Some say this idea is the holy grail to staying healthy on vacation. When renting an Airbnb instead of a hotel, you will be in a house or an apartment with a full kitchen, so instead of eating at restaurants for every meal, you can prepare a few yourself. This controls what foods you are eating and your calorie intake for the day.
2. Get creative.
Whether it means bringing a few small bands or balls from home, or simply using the open space of your hotel room, get creative and find a work out space. Find a simple fat-burning workout to follow on YouTube or maybe a relaxing yoga routine to make sure your health is just as good after vacation as it was before.
3. Use the time change to your advantage.
For those who travel to a destination where they find themselves in a time change or struggling with jet-lag, use the early or late hours to get a workout in instead of tossing and turning in bed. This way, you burn your calories for the day and help your body to get back on a time schedule.
4. Ditch the taxi.
While exploring the new city you have found yourself in, consider walking from place to place instead of calling a cab or an Uber. This way you are getting all of your steps in for the day and seeing absolutely every sight there is to take in on this new adventure.
5. Plan exercise into your agenda.
Even though you might have your trip planned minute to minute, there are ways to incorporate exercise into all of the fun plans. For example, maybe include a scenic hike into the plans one day or visit a monument that keeps the entire group on their feet.
With these tips, now you and your family can take on your vacation with no worries. It’s time to have a fun, healthy summer AND vacation!
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