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FC: Super Awesome, Not Boring, Very Interesting, Unbelievably Cool Cuaderno (Notebook, in Spanish) of Very Cool Texas Sports From A-Z

1: Table Of Contents 1. Austin Aztecs 18. Andy Roddick 2. Bar Marathon 19. San Antonio Spurs 3. Capital 10K 20. Texas Christian Horned Frogs 4. Diving 21. University of Texas Stadium 5. Deep Eddy 22. Westlake High School Volleyball Team 6. Frank Erwin Center 23. World Golfers Championship 7. Golf 24. Xtreme Volleyball Club 8. House Park 25. Michael Young 9. Ice Figure Skating 26. ZAT Tournaments 10. Jordan Shipley 11. Kick Boxing 12. Lance Armstrong 13. Marathon 14. Shaquille O'Neal 15. Rice Owls 16. Zilker Park Great Lawn Soccer Tournament 17. Omar Quintanilla

2: A is for Austin Aztex | team, soccer | Austin Aztecs is one of the most famous soccer teams in Texas. It has been running since 2008. Most of their games are played in House Park. The team colors are red and white. The coach is Adrian Health.

3: B is for Bar Marathon | The Bar Marathon is a marathon that raises money for the Congo Woman 5k. There is actually no running involved in this "marathon". There are 7 events to participate in. A percentage of all sales will be donated to Giving Socially. There is also a raffle for prizes. | Competition, marathon

4: Competition, Extreme | C is for Capital 10k | The Capital 10k is the largest marathon in Texas and 5th largest in the nation. It is the annual rite of spring Texas. In 2011 about 23 thousand people attended it. In 2000 it raised 1.5 thousand dollars for the Children's Advocacy Center & Austin Children's Shelter.

5: D is for Diving | Diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, sometimes while performing acrobatics. Diving is an internationally-recognized sport that is part of the Olympic Games. In addition, unstructured and non-competitive diving is a recreational pastime. An example of a Texas diver are Yuliya Vladimirovna Pakhalina who is Russian, but moved to Houston, Texas to train for the 2000 Olympics. | History, Diving

6: E is for Deep Eddy | venue, swimming | Deep Eddy is a man made swimming pool in Austin, Texas. It began as a swimming hole in the Colorado River. However in 1935, City of Austin bought the property for $10,000. Deep Eddy Pool is listed as a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Also, Texas musician, Jimmie Dale Gilmore wrote "Deep Eddy Blues" about the pool.

7: F is for Frank Erwin Center | venue | Since 1977, the Frank Erwin Center has been showing live events, public and private. It is sometimes referred to as the 'Drum" or the "Superdrum" because of its shape. The center was originally intended to replace the Gregory Gymnasium. It cost about $34 million to build.

8: G is for Golf | History, Golf | The origins of golf are unclear and much debated. However it is clearly one of a family of similar and possibly related club and ball games that were recorded across medieval Europe, and many of the unique elements of golf evolved in the port towns around the Firth of Forth in eastern Scotland from the medieval period onwards. A famous golfer was Homero Blancas, Jr. who was born in Houston and played on both the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour

9: H is for House park | Venue, football | House park opened in 1939. It is in Travis County and owned by Austin ISD. It is a high school stadium at 1301 shoal Creek Blvd. It has no track and no video Scoreboard. its seating capacity is 6000 people.

10: I is for Ice Skating | History, ice skating | Ice skating was considered proper for all classes of people. Federico Formenti of the University of Oxford suggests that the earliest ice skating happened in southern Finland about 4000 years ago. Emperor Rudolf II of the Holy Roman Empire enjoyed ice skating so much he had a large ice carnival constructed in his court in order to popularize the sport. A famous Texan ice skater is Chad Hedrick, who was born in Spring, Texas.

11: J is for Jordan Shipley. | Individual, football | Jordan Shipley was born in Burnet, Texas. He attended Burnet High School. He currently plays wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. His favorite movie is Braveheart his favorite car is the Corvette.

12: K is for Kickboxing | History, Kickboxing | Kickboxing refers to a group of martial arts and stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from karate, Thai boxing and western boxing. The true roots of kick boxing date back to Asia 2000 years ago. In America, Texas has held the many major kickboxing conventions and tournaments such as ISKA (International Sport Kickboxing Association) which holds the US Open (the largest martial tournament in the world). The US Open consists of many martial arts (including kickboxing), US Open has been held in Dallas, Texas before.

13: L is for Lance Armstrong | Individual, cycling | Lance Armstong was born on September 18, 1971. in Plano Texas. he began swimming and running at an early age. During High school, the U.S. Olympic development team invited him to train with them in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where he won bronze in the individual time trial.

14: M is for Motocross | History, Motocross | Motocross is a form of motorcycle sport or all-terrain vehicle racing held on enclosed off road circuits. It evolved from trials in the United Kingdom during the early 1900s, and was called scrambles, and later motocross, combining the French "moto" with cross-country. BMX, or bicycle motocross, is the equivalent sport for non-motorized dirt bikes. Kent Howerton was one of the most versatile motocross racers of the 1970s and early 1980s. The Texan, nicknamed the "Rhinestone Cowboy," won three AMA National Motocross Championships and two Trans-USA titles.

15: N is for Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal | Shaquille O'Neals name means "Little Warrior" Islam. Although he was born in Newark, New Jersey, Shaq is related to Texas by his high school. He attended Robert G. Cole High School in San Antonio Texas. In addition to his basketball career he released 4 albums. He is one of the heaviest people ever to play in the NBA. | Individual, Basketball

16: O is for Rice Owls | Rice is located in Houston. This college inherited their name, the Owls, from the owls in Rice's crest. Rice participates in the NCAA Division and in Conference USA. Rice was a member of the Southwest Conference until its breakup in 1996. Rice is the second smallest school in the NCAA Division just barely above the University of Tulsa. Rice's two major sports rivalries are with the University of Texas and cross-town University of Houston. | Team, Football

17: P is for Zilker Park | Venue, soccer | Zilker Park is named after its benefactor Andrew Jackson Zilker, who donated the land to the city in 1917. It was developed into the park during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The park serves as a hub for many recreational activities and the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake, both of which run next to the park

18: Q is for Omar Quintanilla | Individual, Baseball | Omar Quintanilla was born on October 24, 1981 in El Paso, Texas. Quintanilla received a scholarship from the University of Texas where he played second and third base and shortstop. Now, Quintanilla is Major League Baseball infielder for the Texas Rangers and is still living in El Paso.

19: R is for Andy Roddick | Individual, Tennis | Andy was born on August 30, 1982 in Omaha, Nebraska. Roddick lived in Austin, Texas from age 4 to age 11 and now owns a home here. He has been a World No. 1 tennis player but is now currently ranked 2nd in the world.

20: S is for Spurs | Team, Basketball | The San Antonio Spurs have been one of the NBA’s most consistent franchises since they joined the NBA from the ABA in 1976. One reason for their success has been their ability to get players at the right time and then get rid of players at the right time. Since 1976 only the Lakers have been a more consistent franchise than the Spurs, who have missed the post season only four times.

21: T is for Texas Christian Horned Frogs | Team, Football | The TCU Horned Frogs are part of the Mountain West Conference but are due to move to the Big East Conference in 2012. THe Frogs have won two national championships and fifteen conference championships.TCU's first year of football was in 1896 when it still went by the name of AddRan University. TCU's football reputation died in the breakup in the Southwest Conference but burst back up with the help of Dennis Franchione.

22: U is for UFCU Disch-Falk Field | Venue, Baseball | UFCU Disch-Falk Field is the baseball stadium for the University of Texas at Austin. This stadium opened on February 17, 1975, which is the day the NCAA national champion Longhorns swept a doubleheader from St. Mary's. In 2005, the field was renovated for $18 million. Now, this baseball field is one of the largest in Texas seating 6,785 people and possibly more.

23: V is for University of Texas Volleyball Team | Team, Volleyball | UT maintains a successful women and men's volleyball program. 1986-88, Texas made its first ever NCAA final four in 1986, coming in third place overall and finishing the year with a 29-6 record. In 1987, the team made it back to the final four, once again coming into third place and finishing the season with a 25-10 record. In 1988, Texas broke through and won the NCAA national championship by sweeping Hawaii 3-0. Texas became the first team in NCAA history (and, as of 2008, remains one of two schools to do so) to sweep every NCAA tournament opponent 3-0 en route to the winning NCAA championship. These three years were probably the most significant and accomplished of all their years.

24: W is for World Golfer's Championship | golf, competition | San Antonio, Texas which will host an 18-hole qualifying at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 10 for the World Golfers Championship.The winners will win an expense paid trip to Hua-Hin, Thailand to represent the U.S. in the 16th annual World Golfers Championship scheduled on scheduled October to november 6 at the Black Mountain Golf Club, named the best course in Thailand.

25: X is for Xtreme Volleyball club | Xtreme Volleyball is a private partnership in Spring, Texas of athletes committed to excellence. "No short cuts," is their motto. The players gain valuable experiences and skills while competing from January to June. the team stresses attitude during play. | Team, volleyball.

26: Y is for Michael Young. | Michael Brian Young was on born October 19, 1976, in Covina, California. He is a Major League Baseball All Star designated hitter and utility infielder. He has also played a significant amount of games at second base, shortstop, and third base over the course of his career. He is linked to Texas because he plays for the Texas Rangers. | Individual, Baseball

27: Z is for Zat Tournament | The Zat tournaments are held in places from central to east Texas but mostly in the Austin area. It is an entry level for new players. The tournament is held twice a year in addition to the other tournaments in April and June. Usually, there are about 155 competitors. The system is the official ranking system for the U.S. Tennis Association. | Competition, Tennis

29: =Austin Aztecs =Bar Marathon =Capital 10k =Diving =Deep Eddy =Frank Erwin Center =Golf =House Park =Ice Figure Skating =Jordan Shipley =Kickboxing =Lance Armstrong =Motocross =Shaquille O'Neal =Rice Owls Zilker Park =Omar Quintanilla =Andy Roddick =Spurs | =Texas Christian Horned Frogs =UFCU Disch-Falk Field =University of Texas Volleyball Team =World Golfer's Championship =Xtreme Volleyball Club =Michael Young =ZAT Tournament

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