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KSN History
 
KSN programs include the training of volunteer coaches, a sports resource library and numerous special events and activities. In addition, KSN acts as a clearinghouse for information about youth sports. KSN was created by Frank Martin and has operated in its present form since 1991 and, prior to that, has trained coaches throughout Texas since 1983.

One of KSN’s most visible programs is the Spurs Youth Basketball League (formerly called the Spurs Drug-Free League.) This program received a Point of Light from President Bush in 1992. A year later a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation allowed expansion of this unique basketball league with an anti-drug message to four additional US cities.

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Who Started KSN?

Frank Martin, Founder Frank Martin started training volunteer coaches and assisting youth leagues in Texas in 1983. Prior to that he served in the USAF where, in his last assignment, he was the officer in charge of all Air Force youth and child development programs. In 1991 he created the Kids Sports Network and one of Frank's creations, the Spurs Youth Basketball League, has 20,000 participants throughout South Texas and received a coveted "Point of Light" from President Bush in 1992. Considered by many as the most knowledgeable person on youth sports in the state, Frank was named a "1998 San Antonio Hometown Hero" for his years of service to the youth of his community. In 2006 Frank was named the Express-News Sportsman of the Year and honored at the annual San Antonio Sports Foundation's Hall of Fame banquet. Frank retired as President and Founder of KSN December 31, 2008 and returned January 19, 2011 as an Interim CEO. Frank is now retired but continues to advise KSN staff and board.


 
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