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2016 – 2017 VCU Men’s Basketball schedule released

VCU’s Atlantic 10 Conference Championship defense will get plenty of national airtime this season.

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VCU released its much-anticipated 2016 – 2017 Men’s Basketball schedule yesterday. The Rams begin their season November 4th on the court of the Siegel Center where they’ll face Queens (that’s Queens, NC, mind you).

From the press release:

The Rams, the 2015-16 A-10 regular season co-champions, will play 16 of their 18 conference contests in front of a national television audience in 2016-17, the league announced Tuesday. In addition to the Rams’ A-10 schedule and TV line-up, the league revealed broadcast information for VCU’s Georgia Tech (ESPNU) and Middle Tennessee State (American Sports Network) non-conference contests.
At present, the Rams are scheduled to make, at a minimum, six appearances on ESPN’s family of networks during the regular season and could appear as many as eight times on one of the sports broadcast giant’s platforms. CBS Sports Network will televise eight VCU A-10 contests, while NBC Sports Network and American Sports Network will carry two games apiece. Additional regional and local television coverage will be announced at a later date.
In all, A-10 schools are set to appear in a league-record 108 TV contests. Every Atlantic 10 member will play on national TV at least eight times. In addition, all 13 games of the A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship at Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center will be carried on national television.
VCU kicks off A-10 play on Friday, Dec. 30 at George Mason. CBS Sports Network will carry that telecast. The Rams’ A-10 home opener against UMass on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. will air on NBC Sports Network.
On Wednesday, Jan. 11, VCU will host 2016 Postseason NIT Champion George Washington at 6 p.m. at the Siegel Center on ESPN2. The Siegel Center and ESPN2 will also showcase the Rams’ Jan. 27 match-up with A-10 regular season co-champ Dayton. That game is scheduled to tip-off at 9 p.m.
The Black and Gold will continue their heated home-and-home series with cross-town rival Richmond. VCU hosts the Spiders on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. CBS Sports Network will have the call. On Friday, Feb. 17, the Rams return to the Robins Center, the site of VCU’s thrilling overtime victory in 2016, for a 9 p.m. ESPN2 tilt.
Critical road contests with Rhode Island (Feb. 25) and Dayton (March 1), televised by ESPN or ESPN2 and CBS Sports Network, respectively, await the Rams near the end of the regular season.

The Rams will finish their A-10 schedule the way they began, with George Mason. VCU will host the Patriots on Saturday, March 4 in a game that will also include Senior Day festivities.

VCU, which has appeared in six consecutive NCAA Tournaments, will join its league foes in Pittsburgh for the 2017 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship March 8-12. The Rams have appeared in four straight A-10 title games and captured the 2015 Tournament crown.

Full schedule follows below:

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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story featured an earlier version of the schedule which was not complete.

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Richmond Chess Club Hosting Kid’s Chess this Saturday

A great chance to learn about or get better at chess.

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The Richmond Chess Club meets throughout the city every week for games. Often at breweries and bars so naturally it’s usually adults. This weekend their mixing it up and hoping to attract a younger set.

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Excited to announce our first kid’s club meetup!

We’ll be at the Richmond Public Library (101 East Franklin) on Saturday at 1:00-5:00.

It will be a workshop environment with some of our coaches helping out teaching basic principles and ideas. And of course there will be plenty of time for casual games between students.

Open for kids (and parents) of all ages and it’s completely free. Masks required. Let us know if you can make it! We plan to do this every other Saturday going forward.

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Senate panel shoots down bill that would make mask and vaccine mandates illegal

Democrats in the Virginia Senate voted down GOP legislation Monday that would have classified mask mandates and vaccine requirements as illegal discrimination.

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Democrats in the Virginia Senate voted down GOP legislation Monday that would have classified mask mandates and vaccine requirements as illegal discrimination.

The measures, proposed by Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, drew unanimous support from Republicans on the Senate’s General Laws Committee.

“It’s time to give people the freedom to breathe and the freedom of choice,” Chase told the panel.

Her bills would have prevented schools, businesses and other public places from requiring people to wear masks or disclose their vaccine status.

Witnesses who spoke in support of the legislation said they opposed masks for a variety of reasons. One mother told lawmakers that masks gave her child nightmares. One man said that masks gave him seizures. A third witness said masks made her dizzy.

“We are being discriminated against,” said Doris Knicks, who spoke to the panel remotely.

On vaccines, Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, a practicing OBGYN, called it “egregious and a complete violation of an individual’s right to privacy” for businesses like restaurants to require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“We shouldn’t be using this as a litmus test for people to be able to get into stores,” she said.

Democrats on the panel noted vaccine requirements are not unique to COVID-19 and said businesses should have the authority to take steps to keep their employees safe.

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Venture Richmond Offering Up 10k Broad Street Tenant Recruitment Grants

Venture Richmond was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development to help recruit ten new tenants to Broad Street in Downtown Richmond. Each new tenant will get a $10,000 grant for moving in and opening by May 15, 2022.

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From Venture Richmond

Venture Richmond was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development to help recruit ten new tenants to Broad Street in Downtown Richmond. Each new tenant will get a $10,000 grant for moving in and opening by May 15, 2022. Venture Richmond is partnering with the Metropolitan Business League (MBL) to help recruit existing small, women, and minority (SWaM) and immigrant-owned businesses to ­fill street-level vacancies in the area.

​The new businesses will join many galleries, retailers, restaurants, and small businesses who already call Broad Street home, as well as businesses that attract thousands of out of town visitors annually like Quirk Hotel, Richmond Marriott, the Hilton Hotel, and the Convention Center. Gather, co-working space, has a location in the area. A popular neighborhood happening is RVA First Fridays Artwalk which is a monthly celebration of the arts and galleries along and around Broad St. This section of Broad Street is also a part of Richmond’s Arts District and adjacent to Jackson Ward, near the VCU Monroe Park Campus and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) to the west and City and State offices and VCU Health to the east.

THE CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  • Eligible once the business has moved into the space and opened for business by May 15, 2022.
  • Veri­fied 1-year minimum lease
  • Lease street-level space on Broad Street between Belvidere and 5th streets
  • New business to Downtown, not the relocation of an existing business in the General District/BID.
  • Existing businesses in the General District, who want to open an additional location on Broad Street.
  • Existing businesses located outside of the General District, who want to open another location/outpost on Broad Street.
  • Types of qualifying businesses include retailers, restaurants, makers, entrepreneurs, startups, and other creative businesses.
  • One $10,000 reimbursement grant per storefront, if a group of small businesses wanted to share space there would only be one grant available for the group.
  • Only eligible once
  • Availability based on ­first come fi­rst served

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE, CONTACT:

Micah White

Business Development Manager

The MBL

804-356-9298

[email protected]

Lucy Meade

Director Economic Development & Community Relations

Venture Richmond, Inc.

804-248-8372

[email protected]

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