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Richmond Region Tourism Foundation invests $25,000 in local sports organizations

A new Richmond Region Tourism Foundation grant program designed to help local sports organizations create or expand local tournaments or events in the region recently awarded $25,000 to 15 entities.

Trevor Dickerson



A new Richmond Region Tourism Foundation grant program designed to help local sports organizations create or expand local tournaments or events in the region recently awarded $25,000 to 15 entities.

The funding, provided through the philanthropic arm of Richmond Region Tourism, aims to increase the number of potential visitors through new teams, participants, or spectators engaging in the events and is sponsored by The 288 Group.

Grants will support a total of 36 events and were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Futsal RVA
  • Gridiron Select Events
  • Richmond Hawks Lacrosse
  • Metropolitan Junior Baseball League
  • Premier Sporting Events
  • XII Brands
  • Softball Nation
  • Sportable
  • USA Softball of Central VA
  • Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
  • Virginia Pickleball
  • Live Red Foundation
  • Legacy Park
  • Swim RVA
  • Swim Across America

Recipients received grants ranging from $500-$2,500 and can use the funding to market events or enhance the visitor experience.

“We’re proud to invest in these organizations as they work to plan events that attract new and returning visitors to the region,” said Dan Schmitt, Richmond Region Tourism Foundation Board Chair. “Sports tournaments and events, along with meeting and convention bookings, will be an important part of the region’s economic rebound as COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available and restrictions are eased. These grants are an opportunity to introduce more visitors to the region and encourage more event attendees to return and explore the region.”

The grant program supports the Foundation’s mission to advance the impact and benefit of tourism in the region by supporting and investing in local education, diversity and inclusion and sports tourism programs.

Sports tournaments are important to the region’s economy: In 2019, sports tourism represented 60 percent of all event bookings through Richmond Region Tourism and produced $62 million in economic impact across the region.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant to enhance our events,” said Hunter Leemon, Executive Director of Sportable. “The Foundation’s partnership demonstrates their commitment to inclusion and accessibility in our region. We are honored to partner with them and can’t wait to work with their staff in showcasing our athletes and bringing awareness to adaptive sports.”

Grants will support the following events:

Futsal RVA2021 US Youth Futsal Mid Atlantic Regional Championships
Gridiron Select Events7v7 1-Day Shootout (April 10)

7v7 May Madness (March 1-2)

7v7 Summer Showdown (June 12-13)

Preseason National Championship (Aug. 13-15)

Richmond Hawks Lacrosse2021 Honor Our Heroes – Lacrosse Tournament
Metropolitan Junior Baseball League2021 MJBL Inner City Classic


Premier Sporting Events2021 Visit Henrico Classic 9u Baseball Tournament
XII Brands2021 XII Brands College Combine (Ultimate Frisbee)

2021 Richmond Cup Mixed Club (Ultimate Frisbee)

Softball Nation2021 Beast of The East (Fastpitch Softball)

2021 Queen of The Hill (Fastpitch Softball)

2021 Fast Pitch Nationals (Fastpitch Softball)

2021 Halloween Cup (Fastpitch Softball)

Sportable2021 River City Slam Youth Tennis Tournament

2021 Spooktacular Youth Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

2021 Commonwealth Cup Power Soccer Tournament

2021 River City Invitational Adult Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

USA Softball of Central VA2021 18U Gold National Qualifier (Fastpitch Softball)

2021 Virginia State Championship (Fastpitch Softball)

2021 East Coast Showdown (Fastpitch Softball)

2021 Mid-Atlantic Nationals (Fastpitch Softball)

2021 Fall State Championship (Fastpitch Softball)

Virginia Capital Trail Foundation2021 Cap2Cap Bike Ride

2021 Cap Trail 10-miler and 5k

2021 Complete the Capital Trail Challenge

Virginia Pickleball2021 Virginia Pickleball Classic

2021 Virginia Pickleboo Classic (Halloween Tournament)

Live Red Foundation2021 East Coast Triathlon Festival
Legacy Park2021 Shot Heard ‘Round the World (Youth Baseball)

2021 Give Me Liberty (Youth Baseball)

2021 The Battle of the Potomac (Youth Baseball)

2021 Operation Overload  (Youth Baseball)

2021 The Eagles Claw (Youth Baseball)

Swim RVA2021 DownRiver Rip
Swim Across America2021 Swim Across America – Richmond

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.