Texas FUEL- ABA San Antonio: All American Weekend
Under the direction of Basketball Hall of Fame legend, GM Nevil Shed, and award winning international Head Coach, J. Caesar Cervantes, Texas FUEL, a professional basketball team with the American Basketball Association (ABA), will take on an All American double-header this weekend, with the United States Air Force basketball team at Metzger Gym, at 7pm, on Saturday, December 14th, and with the U.S. Army basketball team at Metzger Gym, at 4pm on Sunday, December 15th. “Yes, these other teams are good,” remarked Shed, “but we’re better.”
Texas FUEL opened the 2013-14 pre-season ranked 13th in the ABA power rankings, out of nearly 100 teams. Now with a record of 2-1, the team is ranked at #22, after defeating the travel team, Texas Swarm, last weekend and the Metroplex Lightning from Dallas, but losing to the South Texas Stingrays of Brownsville in a close game. According to Head Coach Cervantes, the FUEL team can move up in the rankings with either one or two wins this weekend.
This Saturday, December 14th, will also mark the one year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. To remember and honor the first grade students and dedicated service of the teachers who lost their lives, Texas FUEL will conduct a special half-time show with the official team band, Sixth Son Rising, performing with local school children from San Antonio, Texas. Residents of Sandy Hook are endorsing a “year of service” – asking residents to put a candle in their window on Dec. 14th, and commit to the idea of service to one another. There will be a limited number of candles for attendees to take home after Saturday’s ABA game in San Antonio.
Texas FUEL will also mark its 5th year ABA anniversary at the game on Saturday. The team was formed on Dec.13th, 2008, and named after the documentary fIlm, Fuel, as seen on CNN. The Fuel film inspired the team to help with educating school children about alternative energy, by hosting screenings of the film around the city.
Now in its sixth season with the ABA, Texas FUEL has received the 2013 ABA Public Service Award, for helping to collect and distribute more than 8,000 books to local non-profits with the International Reading Association (IRA) in 2013. The team was featured in the IRA magazine as part of the Fast Break for Reading program, an ongoing program with the ABA and the IRA that rewards students for reading 10 minutes a day with free ABA game tickets.
Texas FUEL is considered an “exemplary” ABA team, according to Paul Monzoca, CEO of ABA Global. The team has hosted ABA China and ABA Japan, as well as traveling to play games in Mexico. Members of the FUEL have also played in China, Japan, Greece, Morocco and the Czech Republic. ABA Japan will return to play in San Antonio on February 1st and 2nd, 2014.
The American Basketball Association (ABA), www.abalive.com, named one of the Texas FUEL basketball team members to the 2013 ABA All Stars. “With so many teams and so many great players in the ABA, this was not an easy selection process,” stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. “Essentially, we asked ABA teams to nominate their best two players and then asked the East and West All Star team coaches to select from among the nominations. They know talent and they’ve seen most of the players in action. We believe the All Star teams represent the outstanding talent we have in the ABA.”
San Antonio’s ABA team, Texas FUEL, nominated guard Mike Willis, from Nashville, Tennessee, and point guard Brad Hambrick, from Sherman, Texas. Mike Willis was selected for the ABA West All Stars. Willis was also named Texas FUEL MVP for 2013, and Sportsman of the Year for the team, due to his exemplary community service involvement with the FUEL. Mike Willis will receive his All Star and MVP trophies at the ABA game this Saturday, December 14th, at 7pm, when Texas FUEL takes on the US Air Force team in Metzger Gym at 7475 Binz Engleman Rd. Willis joins a long list of ABA All Stars from Texas FUEL.
The second game in the ABA All American double-header weekend will be at 4pm on Sunday, December 15th, with Texas FUEL vs. U.S. Army. The half-time show will be a special presentation with Santa to bring awareness for Operation Homefront Christmas Gift Giving for children of deployed military or Wounded Warriors. Attendees at this Sunday’s Texas FUEL vs. Army game are encouraged to bring an unwrapped child’s toy for a military dependent, to be distributed by Operation Homefront.
Texas FUEL is also a proud supporter of the PTSA, Proud to Serve America, line of products with the ABA. “Though only a few months old, Proud to Serve America has grown quickly,” stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. ”We are very proud to be part of this organization that honors our military, police, firefighters and teachers by providing donations from its various initiatives.”
Tickets are $10/pp, or FREE with purchase of a holiday music CD at the door, to benefit Victory Outreach. Children 5 and under are free. Adults $5 with a Military ID. Students from Metzger Middle School get in FREE with a paid adult.
For more information: http://HTOsports.com/FUEL.
Online ticket/CD package specials: http://holidaymusic.eventbrite.com.
PTSA information: http://www.proudtoserveamerica.com
2013 ABA West All Stars:
Ron Turner – Arizona Scorpions
Chris Weston – Missouri Rhythm
Jamal Livingston – Arizona Scorpions
David Kinder – San Diego Surf
Jerry DuPree – Los Angeles SLAM
Mike Willis – Texas FUEL
Reuben Lewis – Bay Area Matrix
Will Haynes – North Dallas Vandals
Brandon Lee – North Dallas Vandals
Marlo Sanders – West Texas Whirlwinds
Tyrone Davis – Conway Cyclones
Marcus Sanders – Colorado Kings
Texas FUEL – ABA team owner