Following up on their initial food-focused NBA Finals bet, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez have upped the ante with a wager that will result in a day of hands-on community service. If the Spurs bring home the Championship Trophy, Mayor Gimenez will travel to San Antonio for a day of community service — wearing a San Antonio Spurs shirt — with the education-focused nonprofit, City Year. In the unlikely event the Miami Heat win the Finals, Mayor Castro will visit Miami in a Heat shirt to complete a day of service at a local City Year school there.
"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," Mayor Castro said. “I want to thank Mayor Gimenez for being a good sport and a great advocate for education."
“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.”
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.