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On Paintball Knights' nine pristine grassy play fields, combatants take cover behind inflatable obstacles and large tin drums while waging good-natured warfare against the opposing team. A referee for every 10 participants keeps things civil and fun by promising to foil cheaters and inaccurate Braveheart reenactments. Between matches, players can hatch master plans in the 50-table gravel staging area or stock up on supplies at the pro shop. The staff supplies biodegradable, easy-break paintballs that leave minimal stains and bruises, as well as complimentary lens cleaner and paper towels to scrub away colorful specks from skin, clothing, and monocles.
13289 La Vernia Rd.
Davis Phillips, the president and general manager of Phillips Entertainment, Inc., carries on the legacy of his father and grandfather, who were both involved in tourism and entertainment. What began as a single attraction has now expanded through partnerships and renovations, though it still manages to thrill audiences with family-friendly interactive exhibits. Phillips Entertainment is active in the San Antonio community and the local tourism industry thanks to its location across from the famed Alamo.
217 Alamo Plaza
The San Antonio Botanical Garden, which rests on 38 acres, not only dazzles visitors with bright sunflowers and roses, aquatic plants, and a glass display case filled with orchids, but it also teaches them about the local and world flora with informative exhibits. Four large, formal beds showcase seasonally rotating displays, and the Texas Native Trail features representative species from Hill Country, East Texas Piney Woods, and South Texas. Encompassing a wider array of biomes, the Lucile Halsell Conservatory boasts collections of tropical fruits and desert cacti housed within glass buildings that surround the sunken tropical lagoon.
Aside from these exhibits, the botanical garden also hosts summer-camp sessions, school-group programs, and classes for adults as well as children. These programs include lectures and hands-on lessons that discuss local plants and which garden insects are helpful and which are harmful.
FunFlicks Outdoor Movies’ inflatable screens transform backyards, gymnasiums, and parks into pop-up cinemas, complete with the accessories needed to screen media of all types. Helpful attendants drop off and set up the screen for an evening’s viewing, along with high-definition projectors, DVD and Blu-ray players, and booming audio equipment or an optional short-range FM broadcast. Screens in 12’ and 18’ sizes provide intimate viewing for groups numbering in the dozens, whereas behemoth 45’ screens can support audiences of more than 5,000 or act as a comfortable air mattress for a sleepy giant. The rentals can also be used to display slide shows, video games, and live television, and additional amenities such as popcorn machines provide guests with theatrical comforts.
849 E Commerce St.
On Wednesday, September 14, 2011, the Missions began what would turn out to be the longest postseason game in Texas League history. Playing against the Arkansas Travelers in the league's championship series, the Missions battled to a 5–4 victory that took 20 innings—and a spillover into Thursday—to settle. The win propelled the Missions to a series sweep, earning the franchise its 12th championship since the Texas League was founded in 1888.
Throughout those 113 years, the Texas League underwent many changes, but San Antonio stood firm—the only one of the league's six original teams to play in three different centuries. As the San Diego Padres' Double-A affiliate, the Missions continue their legacy at their home field, Wolff Stadium, a 6,200-seat facility complete with a grass berm in left field where fans can sprawl out to watch the innings and where umpires sunbathe between games.
5757 Hwy. 90 W
Castle Hills First Baptist School girls' varsity head coach Tom Springer notched a nomination for 1A Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Coach of the Year after leading his Lady Eagles to regionals. When patrolling the court for Spartan Basketball, he dedicates himself to the improvement of his players, even the ones who can't quit back-flipping off trampolines for crazy slam dunks.
Along with a coaching staff of former collegiate and pro athletes, coach Springer leads various clinics dedicated to scoring, shooting, or team play. To supplement the clinics, Coach Springer’s instructional products put his basketball knowledge into PDF, DVD, and downloadable video formats for both players and coaches to study and practice at home.
2220 NW Military Hwy.
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