The Blanco High School Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Chapter recently participated in a special opportunity—the chance to be part of the 3rd Annual Spurs FCCLA Career Day at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Career Day Seminar is designed to highlight some of the many off-the-court careers in pro sports, including those in health care, hospitality, nutrition and fitness. Following the seminar, all students were invited to watch the four-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Blanco FCCLA members earned their ticket to the event by participating in local community service events. Over the past few months members collected and donated the following items: aluminum tabs for the State FCCLA Meeting; clothing and canned food items for the Good Samaritan Center; and hygiene products for the homeless.
Participants were greeted by Dr. Paul Seanz, the San Antonio Spurs Team Physician, who explained how his interest in sports medicine lead to his current roll with the organization. Larry Mills, an Executive with Holt Caterpillar, discussed the importance of leadership and how having strong employability skills will assist in getting and keeping a job. Dr. Eva Lopez, a local owner of a Diet & Wellness Clinic explained how her interest in the field began as a child and developed into a rewarding career. Students learned about opportunities in the field of respiratory health available at the University of Texas Health Science Centers in San Antonio.
Tim Derk, Manager of Mascot Relations & Original Spurs Coyote, described his introduction to the Spurs organization and how the Coyote mascot was formed. He explained how a Spurs representative watched his performance at a local club and knew immediately he would be a good candidate for the position. One piece of advice that he offered to the students was to do your best and be open to every opportunity because you never know what might come your way.
Sean Elliott, a former Spurs player and a kidney transplant survivor, was the last speaker of the day. He enlightened the crowd on his personal battle with kidney disease. He told the students that as a professional athlete he never believed something like this could ever happen to him. After his transplant and recovery, he worked with a trainer in an effort to regain a position on the team. His persistence paid off, and he was the first player to return to the game after undergoing a kidney transplant. He expressed how important hard work and commitment are to any job even under the toughest circumstances.