March 9, 2011

Fans Help Select Logo for San Antonio’s New Pro Soccer Team – The Scorpions FC

SAN ANTONIO – Fans have chosen a menacing-looking scorpion clutching a soccer ball as the logo for San Antonio’s new pro soccer team – the Scorpions FC.
The “Design Our Team Logo” contest attracted more than 2,000 votes for three finalists during a two-week period after an initial call for entries resulted in over 300 submissions. David Gallardo of Converse designed the logo garnering the most votes, while an entry from San Antonian Edward Tamez secured the runner-up spot. Gallardo’s victory earned him a prize package consisting of $1,000 in cash, a VIP outing for 20 guests at a 2012 Scorpions home game and a selection of team gear such as a hat, team jersey and t-shirts bearing the new logo.
Fans who voted in the “Design Our Team Logo” contest were entered in a drawing, and the winner chosen at random was Tiffany Frock of San Antonio. She will receive a package of team gear and four tickets to a Scorpions game.
“Our logo captures what we had hoped for all along – a design that reflects the toughness and tenacity of scorpions native to South Texas,” said Gordon Hartman, head of Soccer for a Cause, the community-wide effort that’s bringing pro soccer to San Antonio to further boost the sport’s growing popularity and to expand educational programs and services at Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible family fun park designed with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind. “We want to thank our fans for helping us name our new team as well as choose an appropriate logo. Soon we’ll ask fans to help select a uniform for the Scorpions.”

Scorpions officials will collaborate with Nike Inc., recently announced as a major team sponsor, on coming up with three uniform designs. Once the designs have been completed, fans will be asked in April to vote for their favorite at www.SanAntonioScorpions.com. Plans also call for ballots to be printed in the San Antonio Express-News and for the winning uniform design to be unveiled in May. Once again, a voter chosen at random will be awarded with four tickets to a Scorpions game and a package of team gear including a new team jersey.
Meanwhile, the team continues to focus on providing a playing facility that meets professional standards in preparation for competition in the North American Soccer League (NASL) – just one step removed from Major League Soccer (MLS) – in April 2012, Hartman said. The team plans to provide specifics just as soon as details can be finalized.
Hartman reiterated several key goals for the Scorpions including boosting tourism, heightening interest in soccer, promoting physical fitness and generating revenue to offer more programs and services at non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland, now in its second season of operation.
“Morgan’s Wonderland continues to exceed expectations, profoundly touching the lives of special-needs children and adults, their families and friends,” Hartman said. “Using profits of the team to help pay for the park’s growth and continued innovation is a great way to ensure Morgan’s Wonderland grows and meets the needs and hopes of these incredible people. To our knowledge, this is the first time a pro sports team has been organized in order for net revenue to benefit those with special needs.
“Our inaugural season last year underscored the need and desire for a safe, colorful, inclusive park like Morgan’s Wonderland. We welcomed more than 100,000 guests from 47 states and 13 other countries. We’re out to exceed those numbers this season, and we think we will. That level of activity requires substantial financial support in order to welcome more guests and provide more programs and services to the special-needs community.”
Fans who don’t want to miss any Scorpions action can reserve season seats for the 2012 inaugural season. A $25 deposit will place the fan on a priority list and give him or her the right to select a specific seat location at a “Select Your Seat” event.
To reserve their season seat plan, fans can visit www.SanAntonioScorpions.com, call toll-free (855) 333-2012 or stop by the South Texas Area Regional (STAR) Soccer Complex at Thousand Oaks and Wurzbach Parkway between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Scorpions fans also can follow the building of their team at http://www.Facebook.com/SanAntonioScorpions and http://www.Twitter.com/SAScorpions.
About the NASL
The North American Soccer League is the provisionally sanctioned Division II men’s outdoor professional soccer league in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The NASL member teams are: Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, FC Tampa Bay, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, NSC Minnesota Stars, Montreal Impact (joining MLS in 2012), Puerto Rico Islanders and the San Antonio Scorpions FC (beginning play in 2012).
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