On Friday, February 25, Blanco High School Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members recently participated in a special opportunity – the chance to be part of the 5th annual Spurs FCCLA Night and 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 the New Jersey Nets.
Blanco FCCLA members earned their ticket to the event by participating in local community service events.
Participants were greeted by Dr. Paul Seanz, the San Antonio Spurs Team Physician, who explained how his interest in sports medicine led to his current roll with the organization. Dr. Eva Lopez, a local owner of a Diet & Wellness Clinic, explained how her childhood dream 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 & the 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 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. He was recently inducted into the NBA Mascot Hall of Fame.
Chelsea San Miguel and all FCCLA Region and State Officers in attendance were introduced on the court prior to the game. Blanco High School was well represented among the 700 other members from the surrounding area, including students from: Bandera, Bastrop, Boerne, Boerne Champion, Devine, Fredericksburg, Liberty Hill, Lorena, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Seguin, etc.