The Richmond region will host the inaugural Sports Diversity Jubilee presented by Compete magazine May 17th – 19th, 2019, it was announced late last week. The multi-sport tournament will feature LGBTQ+ athletes from across the world competing in dodgeball and softball; additional sporting events will be announced soon.
The announcement was made at the Petey Awards on November 10th in Tempe, Arizona. Organized by Compete, a publication focused on LGBTQ+ sports, the Petey Awards honors the best in sports diversity and celebrates the magazine’s mission of “uniting the world through sports.”
The City of Richmond was also recognized as an emerging LGBTQ+ sports tourism destination at the ceremony by the magazine’s Sports Diversity Leadership Council, a coalition of about 80 sports leaders representing more than 110,000 members. Mayor Levar Stoney and Richmond Region Tourism staff members accepted the award at the ninth annual ceremony.
“We’re proud to be recognized by the Petey Awards and will continue our work to make Richmond more inclusive and welcoming,” Mayor Stoney said in a news release. “We’re looking forward to introducing the city to some of the world’s best LGBTQ+ athletes this May.”
Richmond Region Tourism, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the region to meeting, convention and sports event planners, tour operators and leisure travelers, was a founding member of the Sports Diversity Leadership Council when it launched earlier this year.
“We are very excited to partner with Richmond because of its longtime support of both sports and diversity,” said Eric Carlyle, CEO of Compete magazine. “Richmond was one of the first destinations to be named a Certified Partner by the Sports Diversity Leadership Council.”
Richmond Region Tourism launched OutRVA in 2014, a program designed to market the region as welcoming to LGBTQ+ travelers. An advisory committee of local LGBTQ+ business owners and volunteers helps guide the campaign.
Richmond received a 94 and was named an “MEI All-Star” by the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Municipal Equality Index scorecard last month. The report highlighted Richmond as a “city boldly leading the way to equality.”
“We continually work to promote the Richmond region as a welcoming place to all travelers,” said Katherine O’Donnell, executive vice president of Richmond Region Tourism. “We’re thrilled to receive this year’s Petey Award and can’t wait to cheer on the talented LGBTQ+ athletes at the Sports Diversity Jubilee next year.”
Local artist Doug Orleski, better known as RVA Coffee Stain, selected as Monument 10K “Dash for the Cash” participant
Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Doug Orleski, the Richmond-based artist known as ‘RVA Coffee Stain,’ has been selected for an opportunity to win $2,500 on Saturday, March 28, as the Dash for the Cash participant at the 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger. In the Dash for the Cash, one participant is selected to get a head start on the course and race against the rest of the field in hopes of being the first to cross the finish line. If the contestant can outrun the fastest elite runner, the Dash for the Cash prize is theirs for the taking.
Orleski’s head start will be based on his estimated predicted time on his race entry form, previous running experiences, and estimated times of elite runners in the field. His goal is to attempt to cross the finish line before any of the other athletes running in the full 10k (6.2 miles). If he does outpace the rest of the field to the finish line, he will win the $2,500 cash prize.
The 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k will be Orleski’s first-ever race after taking up running several years ago as part of a commitment to improving his health through active living. He began exercising and running on a regular basis and in the process lost 60 pounds on his journey to a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Through his cartoon and sketch work as RVA Coffee Stain, Orleski says he’s able to celebrate Richmond through art, and his work helped him become part of the community after he moved to the area in 2012. Taking part in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is a natural extension of that community involvement and another great way to celebrate Richmond’s love for active living and big events.
“I was surprised and excited to be approached with the opportunity to take part in the Dash for the Cash,” Orleski said. “I was looking forward to the experience already since this will be my first actual race, and now I am anticipating race day on March 28 even more.”
Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center, one of the official charity partners of the 10k, to help aid in their fight against cancer and support the lifesaving research being done here in Richmond.
In addition to the training he’s already done, Orleski plans to utilize the help of the Richmond Road Runners Club Advanced 10k Training Team, particularly to build speed. Orleski joked that after learning he’d been selected, “I texted my wife and said it looks like it’s time to start training so I don’t look like a fool out there,” but he knows this is a rare opportunity and a unique way to engage with the 10k, and he says he’s looking forward to the experience: “I’ll plan to do some fun stuff on RVA Coffee Stain social media leading up the race…. this will be really cool.”
The world is coming to Richmond for the Menuhin Competition – the “Olympics of Violin” – this May
The world is coming to Richmond from May 14-24, 2020 for the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. This Competition, called the “Olympics of the Violin,” is held every two years in different cities around the world.
The world is coming to Richmond from May 14-24, 2020 for the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. This Competition, called the “Olympics of the Violin,” is held every two years in different cities around the world. Richmond is set to be the host city in 2020—only the second time that the Competition has been held in the U.S.
The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 will showcase the exceptional talents of 44 competitors: 22 Juniors ages 15 and under, and 22 Seniors from ages 15-21. A record 321 candidates from 32 countries and five continents applied by the Oct. 31 deadline, and the 44 global competitors were announced in January. One of the competitors is from Virginia, Kayleigh Kim.
For 11 days in May, Richmond will be transformed into a celebratory festival of music with competitions, performances, master classes and concerts in several music genres throughout the region. Co-hosts are the Richmond Symphony, the City of Richmond, the University of Richmond, VCU and VPM.
The first round events at Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond are free to the public, but a ticket is required for admission and can be requested here. Semi-final rounds will be held at the W.E. Singleton Center at VCU, and final rounds will be held at the Dominion Energy Center downtown.
For more information about the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020, including dates, times, venues and tickets for all of the events, visit the website.
Richmond-based company launching digital TV streaming network today with event at VMHC
Richmond-based Soulidifly Productions will launch the new streaming TV network today and is throwing a launch party tonight in celebration.
Richmond based Soulidifly Productions is launching a new digital TV streaming network today known as SoulVision.TV. The new network will feature over 200 hours of “authentic, positive, and often untold human stories shown in feature films and movies, TV shows, news, interviews, cartoons, and more,” according to a news release.
The network will be accessible from all devices including all leading streaming platforms – Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire – and on all mobile platforms, tablets and other devices including smart TVs and home computers.
Entertainers Cecily, Carla Jackson, JJ Squire, and vocalist Imani Waters will headline an event this evening at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture ahead of the network’s launch.
The event takes place beginning at 6:30 PM at the museum at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Attendees can also get complimentary tickets by entering code “SVTV” on the ticketing page.
Learn more and get tickets here and check out a preview of the new network below.