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PREVIEW: Richmond Kickers begin three-match home series Saturday against Orlando City B

The Richmond Kickers (3-11-7) return to City Stadium for the start of a three-match home stand beginning this Saturday night as they host Orlando City B (5-6-10).

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The setup

The Richmond Kickers (3-11-7) return to City Stadium for the start of a three-match home stand, beginning this Saturday night as they host Orlando City B (5-6-10) and the Social Sports Fest presented by Bon Secours Sports Medicine. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with interactive games including CLUBWAKA, Major League Bocce, Soccer Billiards, Giant Pong, Futchi and Soccer Darts, plus live music by Pretty Ugly, RVA food trucks and Happy Hour specials on over a dozen craft beers on tap. The Kickers take the field at 7:00 p.m. to take on Orlando. This match will be available on the Kickers Exclusive Television Broadcast Partner WTVR CBS 6 via their 6.3 sub-channel (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming online through the USL Match Center. After the match, fans are encouraged to go to Burger Bach in Carytown for the Official Post Game Party. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

What to expect

Saturday’s meeting between the two clubs will be the third all-time meeting, and the first of two meetings this season. Last season, the Kickers took four of a potential six points from the two meetings with Orlando. Anthony Grant notched a goal in the 53rd minute to negate a 44th minute penalty kick goal by Michael Cox to give the Kickers a 1-1 draw in the first-ever meeting with OCB August 21. Current Orlando defender Scott Thomsen was the hero for the Kickers just six days later in Richmond, scoring the game’s only goal in the 77th minute and giving the Kickers all three points as they pushed for a position in the 2016 USL Playoffs.

Raul Gonzalez scored his second goal of the 2017 season last Saturday night as the Kickers took a 1-1 draw on the road at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Oscar Umar controlled the ball on the sideline before it could go out of play and sent a cross to the center of the field for Patrick McCann. He looked up to find Yudai Imura in front of him with space to move. Imura started to go for goal, instead passing to his left for Gonzalez inside the Riverhounds box, where he turned and cut back towards goal and launched a shot that found the far post side netting in the 65th minute. Pittsburgh found a way back into the match as Stephen Okai scored the game-tying goal in the 82nd minute.

A late, stoppage time game-tying goal by FC Cincinnati prevented Orlando City B from taking all three points on the road this past Saturday, forcing them to settle with a 2-2 draw. Kyle Greig opened the scoring after just six minutes, giving the home side an early lead that only lasted eight minutes as Austin Martz scored his first goal of the season to level the score. Hadji Barry gave OCB the lead in the 55th minute with what they had hoped was the game winner until Danni König scored in the second minute of stoppage time to tie the match up just before the final whistle.

Players to watch

Richmond: Midfielder Raul Gonzalez (#27) scored his second professional goal last Saturday in the Kickers 1-1 draw on the road at Pittsburgh. The University of Memphis product joined the Kickers just after the start of the 2017 season, where he has made 16 appearances with two goals and assist in his rookie season. Gonzalez scored 13 goals and added 13 assists over 65 appearances during four seasons with Memphis.  Returning to the starting lineup Saturday, midfielder Yudai Imura (#14) picked up his first assist this season on Gonzalez’s goal. Imura has been limited to just 12 appearances this season due to injuries, following 11 goals and two assists in 30 matches during his breakout 2016 season. The Japanese midfielder signed his first professional contract after a successful trial during the 2015 Pro Combine, going on to make 19 appearances and scoring two goals in his rookie season. Making his first start for Richmond, midfielder Matt Bolduc (#32) has appeared in four matches since signing midseason with the Kickers. Bolduc played in 19 matches with the Harrisburg City Islanders, assisting on one goal in 2016.

Orlando: Defender Scott Thomsen (#63) joined Orlando City B during the off season after spending the second half of the 2016 season in Richmond with the Kickers. Thomsen scored the game winning goal against Orlando last season at City Stadium, his only goal of the season to go with one assist in nine games. Midfielder Paul Clowes (#46) is in his first season with Orlando, scoring one goal in 10 matches, starting in all but one of those. Clowes was drafted by D.C. United with the 32nd overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft out of Clemson University. He was loaned to the Kickers for one match, making his professional debut March 26. After being waived by United, Clowes signed with the Charlotte Independence for the remainder of the 2016 season. Veteran midfielder and team captain Lewis Neal (#24) joined Orlando City SC originally in 2011 during the club’s inaugural season in USL before making the move to D.C. United in 2012. Neal scored the game winner in both the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Final against Real Salt Lake and to clinch a playoff berth against Columbus Crew SC that season. The England native returned to Orlando in the club’s inaugural MLS season before changing roles for 2016 to join OCB. This season, Neal has scored on one occasion in 14 appearances.

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VMHC partnering with VPM to honor the centennial of the 19th Amendment with panel talk, new documentary

On Friday, August 14, the VMHC will host a live panel discussion with the historians featured in the film. They will share their insights on this pivotal movement Virginia’s history, and will also take questions from participants live during this virtual discussion.

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The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) is partnering with VPM to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote this month. “These Things Can Be Done”, a documentary produced by Boedeker Films and with support from the Commonwealth of Virginia Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration in partnership with the VMHC, explores the often-overlooked narrative of women’s suffrage in Virginia will premier this Thursday, August 13 on VPM. To learn more about the film and see the trailer, visit SuffrageFilm.com.

On Friday, August 14, the VMHC will host a live panel discussion with the historians featured in the film. They will share their insights on this pivotal movement Virginia’s history, and will also take questions from participants live during this virtual discussion. Speakers on the program will be Barbara Batson from the Library of Virginia, Ajena Rogers from the Maggie Walker National Historic Site, Dr. Karen Sherry from the VMHC, Dr. Sandra Treadway from the Library of Virginia and Christina Vida from the Valentine. To participate online for free, participants can join the livestream at noon on Friday on the VMHC Facebook page or YouTube Channel.

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Henrico County to host 136th USA Archery Target Nationals and U.S. Open later this month

This will be the first time Henrico County has hosted a national governing body championship event, bringing local, national, and Olympian archers to the region to compete.

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Henrico County and Richmond Region Tourism will host the 136th annual USA Archery Target Nationals and U.S. Open on August 12th through the 15th at Dorey Park. This will be the first time Henrico County has hosted a national governing body championship event, bringing local, national, and Olympian archers to the region to compete.

The championship will strictly adhere to the Phase Three recreational sports guidelines, including physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices, and increased workplace safety practices.

“Being selected to host such a prestigious tournament is an absolute honor. We’re looking forward to working alongside Richmond Region Tourism and everyone involved to put on a safe and memorable event,” said Henrico County Manager John Vitoulkas.

The event will showcase adult (Senior and Masters) archers in the recurve, compound, and barebow divisions. Archers will shoot nearly 300 arrows to compete for gold medals and earn cash prizes reserved for top finishers. Only 250 participants will be permitted per field with two shooting sessions per day to allow for social distancing.

A kick-off event is scheduled for August 13th at 7:45 a.m., and the competition will begin at 8 a.m. For more information and details, visit usarchery.org.

“We’re thrilled to welcome some of the nation’s top archers to the region this August,” said Jack Berry, President & CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “We’ve recently started welcoming sports events and tournaments back to the region and have kept health and safety as a top priority. Sports tourism will continue to be a vital component as our region’s hospitality recovers.”

There are more than 30 sports tourism events booked across the region that are scheduled through Labor Day. The events will be an important boost to the region’s hospitality industry.

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Tune-in for LGBTQ+ Youth: Side by Side Hosts Virtual Fundraiser on Aug. 1

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Richmond-based nonprofit Side by Side is shifting its annual fundraiser online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic this weekend. “Springtime in the Summer” will premiere on Saturday via Facebook at 7 p.m.

The 30-minute broadcast will feature the 2020 Catalyst Award honorees, a group of individuals and organizations recognized for their support of LGBTQ+ youth in Central Virginia. Springtime in the Summer will also include stories and updates about Side by Side’s work and a virtual auction.

This year’s Catalyst Award recipients include:

  • Dr. Archana Pathak: Dr. Pathak helped launch VCU’s LGBTQ+ Studies minor program in 2019 and is the Interim Director of the Q-Collective, a new LGBTQ+ resource and scholarship center at the university. She also provided counsel and support for Side by Side’s racial equity policies and programming.
  • Stonewall Sports Richmond: Stonewall Sports Richmond is a sports league for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. The nonprofit aims to create a social, safe and inclusive community where people are comfortable being themselves while taking part in fun sports and activities. Through fundraising and events focused on giving back, Stonewall Sports Richmond has raised more than $50,000 for LGBTQ+ nonprofits.
  • Ginter Park Baptist Church: Ginter Park Baptist Church is a LGBTQ+ affirming congregation located in Richmond’s Northside. The church regularly contributes to Side by Side’s meals program, an initiative that ensures youth have access to a healthy meal when they attend support groups.

“We know the last few months have been extremely tough for people as the pandemic continues and the region and nation grapples with violence against Black people and systemic racism,” said Side by Side executive director Ted Lewis. “We hope Springtime gives people a chance to come together virtually to find community during this time. We also know nonprofits are not immune to the virus’ impact on the economy. Side by Side needs the community’s help more than ever to continue our mission to support LGBTQ+ youth living in Virginia.”

Before the online event on Saturday, local drag entertainer Natasha Carrington will safely and fabulously pass out pre-ordered take-home meals that support Side by Side at MOSAIC Catering + Event’s Museum District location from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Approximately 100 packages were purchased and people will be picking meals up through a drive-thru in front of MOSAIC. (Orders are no longer available.)

Springtime in the Summer is presented by Altria. Other generous sponsors include Salomon & Ludwin Financial Consulting Group, Lewis Insurance Associates, Kroger, Weinstein Properties, McKay Wealth Management, Equality Virginia, Mosaic, and TVJerry.

For more information, visit http://www.sidebysideva.org/springtime.

Side by Side organizes weekly support groups for LGBTQ+ youth in Richmond, Petersburg and Charlottesville throughout the year. The nonprofit has been hosting virtual meetings since March to keep youth, volunteers and staff safe in response to the pandemic.

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