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07, 2013

Vanessa Santana-PeƱate
vsp@miamidade.gov
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Upping the Ante: Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro raise the stakes on NBA Finals wager


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Following up on their initial food-focused NBA Finals bet, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro have upped the ante with a wager that will result in a day of hands-on community service. If the Miami HEAT win the Championship Trophy, Mayor Castro will travel to Miami for a day of community service – wearing a Miami HEAT shirt, of course – with the education-focused nonprofit City Year. If the Spurs win the Finals, Mayor Gimenez will be on his way to San Antonio in a Spurs shirt to complete a day of service at a local City Year school there. 

“Just like Mayor Castro, I’m a strong supporter of City Year and its mission of education and community service. And at the end of the day, service is at the very heart of what we do as Mayors,” said Mayor Gimenez.  “So win or lose, I’m excited for the opportunity to team up with City Year and my friend from San Antonio for a day of service with local students.”

"While I fully expect the Spurs to win their fifth NBA title, there are no losers when we work together to ensure that our young people graduate from school and realize their full potential," San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro said. "I want to thank Mayor Gimenez for being a good sport and a great advocate for education."

City Year’s CEO and co-founder Michael Brown added the following: "City Year is already proud to partner with Mayor Castro and Mayor Gimenez to help keep students in San Antonio and Miami in school and on track to graduate. Having them unite for a day of service in a school where our City Year AmeriCorps members serve would be a slam dunk -- everyone wins when we join together to help children and schools succeed." 

About City Year:

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out.  In more than 20 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, our teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate.