When the teams arrive in San Antonio in late December they are thrown into a week of practice, events, and media until the big game on December 29th. However, the athletes are able to find time to make an impact on the San Antonio area and touch a few hearts during the holiday season.
This year, one event the team is encouraged to participate in is hosting local underprivileged youth to one of their closed practices during the week. The kids will be able to experience a college football practice as well as enjoy some CiCi’s Pizza.
Members from the teams will also have the opportunity to visit the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center. The visit will include interaction with service men and women who are among the most wounded. The threefold mission of the CFI is to provide rehabilitation for OIF/OEF casualties who have sustained amputation, burns, or functional limb loss, to provide education to DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs professionals on cutting edge rehabilitation modalities, and to promote research in the fields of Orthopedics, prosthetics and physical/occupational rehabilitation. The staff and equipment for the building was selected to provide the full spectrum of amputee rehabilitation as well as the advanced outpatient rehabilitation for burn victims and limb salvage patients with residual functional loss. The facility includes a wave pool, rock climbing wall, and a custom wheelchair basketball court.
In the past we have had teams help out the San Antonio Food Bank, packaging food for families in need and visiting the Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, and Methodist Children’s Hospital. Teams take pleasure in the chance to give back to the greater San Antonio area and the Valero Alamo Bowl enjoys making it all possible.