For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
Organized by the Austin Sports and Social Club, the community-oriented Downtown Dash TX unleashes teams on a race across the city rife with physical challenges, social interactions, and mental puzzles. The undefined course lets participants choose their own route, but with a catch: travel must be completed on foot or by public transportation, not on bicycles, rollerblades, or stolen emus. While following a clue sheet, teams attempt to topple up to a dozen challenges all while encountering some of Austin's most historic and renowned sites. Upon crossing the finish line, the top three teams receive a special prize, but everyone wins during a postrace party that stretches the day's festivities into the evening. There will also be random drawings in which every team has a chance to win. The race benefits the Austin Sunshine Camps.
Beyond the race, Austin Sports and Social Club offers a range of coed team sports leagues, including soccer, softball, dodgeball, bowling, and sand volleyball. Participants are able to socialize on the court and at team happy hours following games.
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Mizuno, Molten
Pro Tip: Free WiFi
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Club volleyball
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
ASC offers many sports leagues, from youth to adult, such as volleyball, basketball, futsal, dodgeball, and more. ASC also provides camps and clinics for kids to learn and enhance their athletic skills in volleyball, basketball, and strength and conditioning.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I've been involved in athletics as a young kid through college, where I started working with kids in multisport camps. I've been fortunate to work with and train people ranging from 5-year-olds to professional athletes in many different sports, and have done so since 2002. After my college football career ended, I've looked forward to every opportunity to help people get healthier and better at their chosen sports.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
I have been a patron of my own business. Not only do I get to train about 20 staff members in a strength and conditioning program I developed, but I choose to train with them to push them farther than they think they can go.
Though big cities tend to offer a lot of activities for residents, the sheer volume of options can sometimes make it overwhelming to find something fitting. For residents of Austin, the Austin Clan of Everything Social (ACES) makes it easy to find a good time no matter your speed, with social leagues at watering holes and bowling alleys throughout town. On any given night, participants might gather to blow away their highest ping-pong score or grab a mic during a karaoke battle to show off their high note that only dogs can hear. Over the course of a season, members make new friends, bolstering the ACES community while battling for glory with their teammates.