The San Antonio Rampage have been a consistent presence in the effort to contribute to the community and the people who watch them battle on the ice each season, an impact that no win-loss record can measure. Through programs like Face Off Against Kids Cancer and Stick with Reading and with Pink in the Rink, Military Appreciation Night and other events throughout the season, the Silver and Black donated money and resources to various causes and charities that work to enrich San Antonio.
For the fifth season, the Rampage raised money for the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio through the Face Off Against Kids Cancer program. The program pairs Rampage hockey players with children from the Centers for Oncology and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Throughout the season, the Rampage hosted a series of events in an effort to forge lasting relationships and raise awareness for children’s cancer in the community. Rampage players participated in several Face Off Against Kids Cancer events this season as a team and individually, including two CiCi’s Pizza parties with program families and an event at the Bluebonnet Palace featuring face painting, a photo booth and a DJ. A jersey auction raised $21,950 for the Face Off Against Kids Cancer program and the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
In October, Rampage forward Jon Matsumoto launched Matsumoto’s Rescues, a program aimed to address the stray dog population in the neighborhood surrounding the AT&T Center. A series of collection drives were hosted for every Sunday Rampage home game throughout the season, including the team’s seventh annual Pucks and Paws game on March 9. More than 1,200 items – including pet food, towels, blankets, pet shampoo and other supplies – were collected and donated to the Animal Defense League, a no-kill shelter in San Antonio.
Through events like Military Appreciation Night and Hockey and Heels, the Rampage raised money for Operation Comfort, a nonprofit organization that works with wounded service members who are recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and Dress for Success, an organization that targets the needs of low-income women by promoting economic security and self-sufficiency through job preparation, employment retention and career development programs.
The Rampage were also active in the Team Up Challenge, a Silver & Black Give Back initiative that spans all four Spurs Sports & Entertainment franchises. It encourages students in kindergarten through 12th grade to connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the real world by choosing a project that addresses a need in their neighborhood or community.
Through the Stick with Reading Program, San Antonio worked with UPS to collect and donate books to local elementary schools. Players made regular visits to elementary schools to encourage kids to spend more time reading by rewarding classes for reaching their reading goals.
The Rampage raised and donated a total of $210,510 through a series of jersey auctions and ticket revenue throughout the 2013-14 season. The jersey auction for the team’s Pink in the Rink sweaters raised the most of the four, bringing in $36,200 for Susan G. Komen.
Scroll through the photos above to see some of the best images of the Rampage making a difference in the community this season.