Spurs award three NISD schools $60,000 in Team Up Challenge

April 7, 2015

Construction Careers Academy, Stevens High School, and Mead Elementary School are champions in the 2015 Silver and Black Give Back Team Up Challenge and each will receive $20,000 to continue their community service projects.

Students and teachers from all three schools were surprised Tuesday, April 7 by the Spurs Coyote, Rampage mascot T-Bone, several of the Spurs Silver Dancers, and a crew from Spurs Sports and Entertainment.

Last fall, the schools were among 20 local schools named semifinalists in the Team Up Challenge. They received $2,500 each to kick-start a community service project.

On April 2, the teams presented a final report on their projects to a panel of judges at the AT&T Center, and from those presentations, five champions were selected.

Construction Careers Academy was a first time semifinalist in the Team Up Challenge this year for their Parade of Homes building competition. Students have been constructing an ADA-Compliant/Handicap Accessible home from a shipping container. Funds purchased materials and supplies for the construction and staging of the home.

Stevens HS is a Team Up champion for the second year in a row. This year’s team is called "Transformers the Fit Falcons." Their project was a series of healthy lifestyle events and classes including a Biggest Loser contest between students, staff and community members and free classes for the community on resume building, financial education, continuing education, computer classes, nutrition, and healthy cooking.

The Mead Elementary School Student Council was also a first time Team Up semifinalist this year with their service learning project to increase access to books in their community. Students designed a mobile library called “Sweet Stories” and purchased books and published their own fiction and non-fiction stories. They brought the mobile library out into the community and held storytelling events to promote literacy.

Last year, Stevens High School and Zachry Middle School were both crowned Team Up champions. Two years ago, Carson Elementary School was the first Northside school to be crowned a Team Up champion for their Family Fitness Fridays initiative.

The Team Up Challenge is an initiative of Silver & Black Give Back, and is a youth-led service program. Student projects address needs that will help improve their community in one of five categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, or Uniformed Services. San Antonio Spurs and Rampage players have worked alongside the students to help bring their projects to life.

Visit our Facebook page for an album of pictures from each school’s surprise announcement!