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Richmond Flying Squirrels announce 2021 season schedule

It might be snowy and icy outside today, but the Richmond Flying Squirrels will soon open their season at The Diamond on Tuesday, May 4th.

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Major League Baseball announced the full 2021 Minor League Baseball schedule on Thursday, including the 120-game slate for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, who will open their season at The Diamond on Tuesday, May 4th.

Information regarding game times and ticket details will be announced at a later date.

The Flying Squirrels will begin their eleventh season against the Hartford Yard Goats on Tuesday, May 4, the first of 60 home games at The Diamond.

“This is another clear indication that hope is on the horizon,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “The Squirrels will soon be back in action and we will be making more memories at The Diamond cheering on our hometown team.”

The schedule includes 10 home series, each consisting of six games beginning on Tuesdays and closing on Sundays. The home portion of the Flying Squirrels’ schedule closes on Sunday, September 12 against the Akron RubberDucks.

Home game dates include May 4-9, May 18-23, June 1-6, June 8-13, June 29-July 4, July 13-18, July 27-August 1, August 3-8, August 17-22, and September 7-12. The schedule secures a home game for the Flying Squirrels’ annual Independence Day celebration at The Diamond on July 4.

The Flying Squirrels will also play 60 road games across 10 series.

Last week, the Flying Squirrels announced the signing of a Player Development License with MLB that continues their long-standing partnership as the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Under MLB’s new player development system, the Flying Squirrels will face familiar opponents as members of the Double-A Northeast, including the Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland Indians), Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), Erie SeaWolves (Detroit Tigers), Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals), Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets), Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies) and Reading Fightin Phils (Philadelphia Phillies), and the newly-added Somerset Patriots (New York Yankees). Also in the Double-A Northeast but not facing Richmond this season are the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays) and Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox).

When the Flying Squirrels return to the field on May 4, it will mark the end of a span of 610 days without professional baseball in Richmond. The team last played on September 2, 2019, a 7-1 win over the Baysox, prior to the cancelation of the 2020 season due to COVID-19. Opening Day will signal the end of the longest stretch without professional baseball played in Richmond since it went 1,062 days with no team from May 30, 1928-April 27, 1931.

Home dates in bold

  • May 4-9 vs. Hartford Yard Goats (HOME)
  • May 11-16 vs. Harrisburg Senators (AWAY)
  • May 18-23 vs. Bowie Baysox (HOME)
  • May 25-30 vs. Reading Fightin Phils (AWAY)
  • June 1-6 vs. Altoona Curve (HOME)
  • June 8-13 vs. Harrisburg Senators (HOME)
  • June 15-20 vs. Somerset Patriots (AWAY)
  • June 22-27 vs. Hartford Yard Goats (AWAY)
  • June 29-July 4 vs. Binghamton Rumble Ponies (HOME)
  • July 6-11 vs. Bowie Baysox (AWAY)
  • July 13-18 vs. Somerset Patriots (HOME)
  • July 20-25 vs. Akron RubberDucks (AWAY)
  • July 27-August 1 vs. Bowie Baysox (HOME)
  • August 3-8 vs. Reading Fightin Phils (HOME)
  • August 10-15 vs. Bowie Baysox (AWAY)
  • August 17-22 vs. Erie SeaWolves (HOME)
  • August 24-29 vs. Altoona Curve (AWAY)
  • August 31-September 5 vs. Binghamton Rumble Ponies (AWAY)
  • September 7-12 vs. Akron RubberDucks (HOME)
  • September 14-19 vs. Erie SeaWolves (AWAY)

 

Player Development League 2021 schedule is subject to change due to any COVID-19 federal and state restrictions and the PDL’s commitment to protecting the health and safety of players, club employees, and fans.

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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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