San Antonio Spurs going to Uvalde next month for a 'community impact visit'

Although details are still being ironed out, the AP reports that it appears that the entire team, including Coach Gregg Popovich, will be in attendance.

click to enlarge The Spurs spearheaded the Sport for Healing Fund, which was created to provide financial support for the Uvalde community. - Instagram / @spurs
Instagram / @spurs
The Spurs spearheaded the Sport for Healing Fund, which was created to provide financial support for the Uvalde community.
Head coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are heading 85 miles west to Uvalde for a "community impact event" on Saturday, Oct. 8, the Associated Press reports.

The announcement was made ahead of the start of the Spurs' training camp. Although details are still being ironed out, the AP reports that it appears that the entire team, including Coach Pop, will be in attendance.

It won't be Popovich's first time visiting the site where 19 students and two teachers were killed during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. The five-time NBA champion coach and vocal advocate for stricter gun control laws spoke at an event in Uvalde in June, the month after the massacre took place.

Following the Uvalde tragedy, the Spurs, the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets and the NHL's Dallas Stars spearheaded the Sport for Healing Fund, intended to offer "long-term support for the Uvalde community by creating and investing in trauma- and healing-centered care for youth and families."

The Spurs' anticipated October visit comes months after the organization was criticized by U.S. Rep Tony Gonzales, who claimed in a July tweet that the Silver and Black had yet to distribute any of the funds donated to the community.
On Tuesday morning, the Current asked Spurs Sports & Entertainment for an update on how much the Sport For Healing Fund has allocated to the Uvalde community. As of press time, SSE had not gotten back with an answer.

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

KEEP SA CURRENT!

Since 1986, the SA Current has served as the free, independent voice of San Antonio, and we want to keep it that way.

Becoming an SA Current Supporter for as little as $5 a month allows us to continue offering readers access to our coverage of local news, food, nightlife, events, and culture with no paywalls.

Join today to keep San Antonio Current.

Scroll to read more San Antonio News articles

Michael Karlis

Michael Karlis is a Staff Writer at the San Antonio Current. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., whose work has been featured in Salon, Alternet, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Orlando Weekly, NewsBreak, 420 Magazine and Mexico Travel Today. He reports primarily on breaking news, politics...

Join SA Current Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.