March 7, 2018



San Antonio, Texas — Two San Antonio social philanthropists accept the #BlackPantherChallenge buying out River Center’s Alamo Theater for students from George Gervin Academy. The #BlackPantherChallenge started nearly two months ago as a way to raise money for Harlem kids to see the groundbreaking film. The challenge spread like wildfire, raising over $800,000 across the U.S. 


San Antonio native, Success Provocateur, Mentor and Trusted Leadership Advisor Allyson Byrd says, “I read about the #BlackPantherChallenge and I knew I had to do it for the kids here in San Antonio.” “I reached out to my good friend who is a community leader and retired NFL player, Lenny Walls and asked, ‘are you up for a challenge’?” Walls, former Bronco cornerback and CEO of nonprofit Breaking Down Walls, accepted. “A major part of my life’s purpose is giving back to kids,” he says passionately. Byrd and Walls share common ground as both overcame the struggles of growing up in distressed neighborhoods, single parent homes and other environmental challenges…yet, succeeded. 



The San Antonio #BlackPantherChallenge sponsor’s— Byrd and Walls— will greet the Gervin Academy students before the show. “I am super excited to see the looks on their face as they enter to mystical world of wakanda,” Byrd exclaims. The #BlackPantherChallenge is source of child inspiration. GoFundMe page founder explains about the #BlackPantherChallenge, “All children deserve to believe they can save the world, go on exciting adventures, or accomplish the impossible. I am grateful that all of you have answered the call and are taking action to help more kids watch their heroes on the big screen.” 


The #BlackPantherChallenge special morning showing for the Gervin Academy students is Thursday, March 8th at AMC Rivercenter theater.

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