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VCU and Richmond to Co-host A-10 Tournament

The Stuart C. Siegel Center will serve as host for two second round games on March 11, as well as two quarterfinal contests on March 12. All other games, including the semifinal and championship rounds, will be held at the Robins Center on Richmond’s campus.

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VCU will team up with crosstown rival Richmond to host the 2021 Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, presented by Air Force Reserve, March 10-14 the league announced Thursday.

The two-arena format will allow the league to provide student-athletes with a superior championship experience while adhering to COVID-19 protocols and addressing challenges created by the pandemic.

The Stuart C. Siegel Center will serve as host for two second round games on March 11, as well as two quarterfinal contests on March 12. All other games, including the semifinal and championship rounds, will be held at the Robins Center on Richmond’s campus.

The location of each second round and quarterfinal game will be revealed when championship seeding is announced.

“This decision is a great example of exceptional collaboration between the A-10 membership, our media partner NBC Sports, Barclays Center and our A-10 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee. Independently both VCU and Richmond submitted proposals to host, so their willingness to combine efforts and support the league’s best interest to separate the days with four games is truly appreciated,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “The fact that we have two premier arenas, within six miles of each other, willing to host is a tremendous advantage for the A-10 in our goal to provide the safest, best experience for our teams, coaches and campus communities. A-10 members Dayton, Duquesne, George Mason and Saint Louis submitted proposals to host and each would have provided an excellent option. I wish to thank them for their time, work and effort and willingness to host the championship.”

The unique opportunity to play the eight games across Thursday and Friday at two A-10 arenas in the same city, allows for operational efficiencies in implementing comprehensive health and safety plans by establishing two highly COVID-precautionary controlled environments. Participating teams will benefit from receiving additional time and space for pre-game stretching, warmup and shooting time because of transitioning from game to game between two arenas. Additionally, host institutions will have ample time to execute safety protocols related to ventilation, sanitization of shared spaces such as the team bench areas, locker rooms, scorer’s table surfaces and treatment areas. The need to hold teams in locker rooms to eliminate transitioning teams from being in close proximity will also be eliminated. NBC Sports, which broadcasts both the second round and quarterfinals to a national audience, will also benefit from the elimination of extended time between games, allowing for comprehensive coverage with the games being aired consecutively.

It will be the first Division I conference tournament contested in the city of Richmond since 2013. The Richmond-based Colonial Athletic Association held its championship at the Richmond Coliseum from 1990-2013. VCU, which played in the conference from 1995-2012, captured titles in 1996, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012 in their hometown.

The 2021 championship will be the first time since 2004 that the full championship has been contested on campus, when Dayton served as host at UD Arena. Additionally, from 2010-2012, the first round of the championship was held in the home arenas of the higher seeds. The A-10 championship has been played in part or in its entirety on an A-10 campus 18 times.

VCU is also scheduled to host the A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship at the Siegel Center March 3-7.

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Art Meets Exercise with the RVA Street Art Run by Sports Backers

The shirt alone is reason enough to get up and get running.

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It’s no secret that we’ve got a few murals around Richmond. Sports Backers wants to take advantage of that situation and is has organized the RVA Street Run.

We’re lucky to have a variety of vibrant murals that make our community pop and bring life to all areas. Join us as we celebrate these colorful creations with the virtual RVA Street Art Run! We’ll supply routes, and you pick and choose when and where you explore! Get some fresh air, discover something new, and have a colorful time! All participants receive a limited-edition street art inspired shirt designed by Mickael Broth aka the Night Owl.

Cost $22

Includes

  • Limited edition shirt designed by Mickael Broth
  • Suggested routes throughout the city

How it works:

  • Register through April 11
  • Run or walk along one of our street art courses (remember to follow social distancing guidelines!)
  • We will mail you your shirt

Brag about your race:

  • Snap a photo and sent it to us, or tag @sportsbackers on social media. Use #RVAStreetArtRun and together we’ll make social distancing feel not quite as isolating!

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Dominion Energy Charity Classic surpasses $5.1 million generated for local charity since tournament’s debut

Tournament officials announced recently that the 2020 Dominion Energy Charity Classic helped generate more than $1.5 million for charities in the Richmond and Henrico County region, bringing the tournament’s total charitable impact to over $5.1 million since the event debuted in 2016.

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Tournament officials announced recently that the 2020 Dominion Energy Charity Classic helped generate more than $1.5 million for charities in the Richmond and Henrico County region, bringing the tournament’s total charitable impact to over $5.1 million since the event debuted in 2016.

The PGA TOUR Champions tournament, currently in its sixth year, is dedicated to giving back charitably in the local community, with a focus on military support. As a result of the 2020 event, the tournament distributed funds to the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation, the Richmond Fisher House and more than 100 additional non-profit organizations in Central Virginia.

“Five years in, we have averaged over $1 million a year for charitable organizations in the local area,” said Tom Farrell, executive chairman of Dominion Energy. “2020 was especially challenging for non-profits, so this announcement and its impact comes at a good time. We look forward to hopefully welcoming fans and players back to the area in October for what has become an exciting sports tradition.”

Each year, the Charity Classic offers area non-profit organizations the opportunity to participate in the Birdies for Charity program presented by TowneBank. This program provides participating 501(c)(3) organizations the ability to generate donations that the PGA TOUR bonuses by 10 percent. Some of the organizations that generated significant funds through the program in 2020 included Swim RVA, Richmond Ballet, Mission Gait, Louisa Arts Center, The Richmond Symphony and Boots to Suits.

“During a year that saw the world reeling from a pandemic, we were especially glad the tournament could continue to make a positive impact in our community,” said Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. “Even without the ability to host spectators on site, the event was able to help generate charitable funds, which is a testament to the philanthropic mentality of the many local residents and corporations that support the tournament.”

“We are excited and grateful that the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation (VVSF) has again been chosen to be a recipient of the funds generated by the Dominion Energy Charity Classic,” said John Lesinski, VVSF Board Chair. “The charitable dollars generated by the Charity Classic over the past five years have made a major difference in our efforts to help our military veterans who need financial assistance, to find gainful civilian employment and to prevent homelessness throughout the Commonwealth and will again be used to accomplish our important mission to serve those who have served us.”

Since beginning in 2016, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic has received several accolades. In 2016, 2017 and 2019 the tournament received the Players Award for being voted the favorite event of the year by PGA TOUR Champions players. The 2018 Charity Classic won the Sales Award, recognizing the outstanding sponsorship support from the Richmond business community as well as the 10-year extension announcement with Dominion Energy and The Country Club of Virginia, solidifying professional golf in Richmond through 2029.

The 2021 event will return to The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course, October 21-24, with the top 72 players competing for a $2 million purse. Phil Mickelson is the defending champion.

For additional tournament information or to find out more about Birdies for Charity, please visit www.deccgolf.com.

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Photos and Game Summary: Wolfpack Gets the Rams

The Rams fall 2-1 to the visitors from North Carolina.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Final Score: NC State 2, VCU 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 3-1-1, NC State 4-0-1

THE SHORT STORY
Junior Ana Bagley’s goal in the in the 44th minute was not enough for VCU Women’s Soccer as the Rams fell 2-1 to NC State Sunday afternoon at Sports Backers Stadium.

QUICK FACTS

  • Bagley’s goal was her second of the season
  • VCU totaled seven shots in the game
  • The Wolfpack recorded 13 shots and placed eight on goal
  • Rams’ junior goalkeeper tallied four saves all of which came in the first half
  • NC State possessed the ball for 62% of the game

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With the game scoreless in the final minute of the first half, senior Karen Lohrmann struck a cross into the center of the NC State box. Bagley came flying in and headed the ball into the right side of the net to give the Rams a 1-0 lead before the break
  • In the 63rd minute, NC State senior Mikhail Johnson received a pass from sophomore Jameese Joseph. Johnson sidestepped a VCU defender and found the back of the net to even the score
  • Wolfpack freshman Cara Elmendorf scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute
  • The Rams had a chance to take back the lead in the 75th minute, but a cross by redshirt-junior Ellen McAdams narrowly missed the right foot of forward Samantha Jerabek
  • VCU put pressure on the NC State back line to open the second half. The Rams fired four shots in the opening ten minutes, but were unable to convert

WHAT’S NEXT
The Rams will be back at Sports Backers Stadium on Saturday to face Virginia in the sixth game of their eight-game season-opening homestand. The match is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. will be available for live stream on ESPN+.

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