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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.



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 RVA 2021 US Youth Futsal Mid Atlantic Regional Championships
Gridiron Select Events 7v7 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 Lacrosse 2021 Honor Our Heroes – Lacrosse Tournament
Metropolitan Junior Baseball League 2021 MJBL Inner City Classic


Premier Sporting Events 2021 Visit Henrico Classic 9u Baseball Tournament
XII Brands 2021 XII Brands College Combine (Ultimate Frisbee)

2021 Richmond Cup Mixed Club (Ultimate Frisbee)

Softball Nation 2021 Beast of The East (Fastpitch Softball)

2021 Queen of The Hill (Fastpitch Softball)

2021 Fast Pitch Nationals (Fastpitch Softball)

2021 Halloween Cup (Fastpitch Softball)

Sportable 2021 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 VA 2021 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 Foundation 2021 Cap2Cap Bike Ride

2021 Cap Trail 10-miler and 5k

2021 Complete the Capital Trail Challenge

Virginia Pickleball 2021 Virginia Pickleball Classic

2021 Virginia Pickleboo Classic (Halloween Tournament)

Live Red Foundation 2021 East Coast Triathlon Festival
Legacy Park 2021 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 RVA 2021 DownRiver Rip
Swim Across America 2021 Swim Across America – Richmond



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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Nab Late Winner Against Seahawks

For the third time this season the Rams won in overtime.



Official VCU Game Summary

Score: (RV) VCU 2, (RV)/#22 UNCW 1 (OT)
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: (RV) VCU 9-4-1, (RV)/#22 UNCW 8-5-1

The short story: Senior midfielder Oquin Robinson fired home a free kick goal in the 100th minute to give the Rams their second consecutive overtime win.


  • This is VCU’s third win of the season against a team that was ranked in one of the three major polls. The Seahawks are currently #22 in the TopDrawerSoccer poll, while both the Rams and UNCW are receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll.
  • It’s also the third overtime win of the season for the Rams.
  • Robinson’s goal was his third of the season and fourth of his career. It was also his first career game-winner.
  • Freshman midfielder William Hitchcock scored his third goal of the year to tie the game in the second half, with assists from Philip Klomp and Pablo Varela Fraga, who both picked up their first career assists in black and gold.
  • UNCW outshot VCU 13-7, but the Rams held a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal, aided by VCU defenders blocking several Seahawk shots.
  • There were 32 combined fouls in a tightly-contested, physical match.


  • Robinson had the first scoring chance of the night for VCU, delivering a shot to the bottom left corner that forced a save in the 13th minute.
  • In the 38th minute, Varela Fraga charged down the left wing and ripped a shot that UNCW goalkeeper Gabriel Perrotta could only parry away.
  • The Seahawks got on the board first shortly after halftime, as Nicolas Molina finished off a cross from Cannon Tootle.
  • The Rams had a dangerous opportunity in the 55th minute as senior Jared Greene started a move in the VCU half, playing a ball for Klomp. Klomp then played a through ball for freshman midfielder Damian Gallegos, who had his shot deflected before it was smothered by Perrotta.
  • VCU equalized in the 67th minute. Varela Fraga, whose hold-up play was effective all night for the Rams, received a ball with his back to goal and turned around a defender. He played a ball wide for Klomp, who hit a first-time pass with his left across the face of the goal for Hitchcock to bury in the back of the net at the back post.
  • Klomp played another great left-footed cross in the 97th minute, floating a ball for Greene, who volleyed a shot that forced a save at the near post.
  • Robinson gave VCU the win in the final minute of the first overtime period, taking a free kick just outside the box and blasting it over the wall and into the top right corner.

“I was proud of the guys tonight for finding a way to grind out a result against a very good team. We were down some guys again, but as this group has done this year, different people stepped up and got the job done.”

The Rams get back into conference play, hosting Fordham on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. from Sports Backers Stadium. Saturday will also be VCU’s Senior Night.

Every home match is streamed on ESPN+. For more information on VCU Men’s Soccer tickets, click here.



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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Win In Dramatic Fashion Move Up To Fourth

In a game that saw 5 goals the Kickers prevailed due to the Golden Boot of Emiliano Terzaghi.



Official Kickers Game Summary

The Richmond Kickers (11-8-7) prevailed in dramatic fashion in the Red’s final regular-season home match of the year, beating Forward Madison (6-8-11) in the final matchup of the series, winning the Henny Derby Cup and extending their winning streak to five matches.

The final matchup in the 2021 Henny Derby series was underway and the crowd was roaring at Richmond’s final regular-season home match which was the attendance record-setting match of the season.

Both teams spent the first five minutes feeling each other out, but in the eighth minute of the match, Josiah Trimmingham received a ball with his back to the goal in the corner of the box, made a quick move to turn around and fired off a shot into the far post to bring Forward Madison up 1-0 for an early lead against the run of play.

In the 15th minute, Richmond surged up the left flank, Jonathan Bolanos leading the attack with an incisive run crossed the ball into the far post for Matt Bolduc who leaped into the air to redirect a header across the goal but Phil Breno collected the attempted shot.

Several minutes later, Nil Vinyals placed a corner kick into Emiliano Terzaghi at the near post which he fired towards the goal but the attempt went just wide of the post. At the 32-minute mark, Vinyals delivered another brilliant corner kick into the far post. Chris Cole came bursting into the heart of the box and jumped head and shoulders over his markers to power a thunderous header into the back of the net, earning his first professional-career goal and leveling the scoreline for the Reds, 1-1.

Shortly after, Richmond was on the front foot again with Bolanos sprinting through the Madison half. Bolanos took his time and took a shot on goal, Breno deflected the shot towards Terzaghi who was pouncing on the ball. Terzaghi managed to make contact with the ball and it floated into the air over Breno and eventually hit the back of the net to move Richmond into the lead, 2-1 going into the second half.

Soon after returning to the pitch, Forward Madison was in dangerous territory approaching the Richmond goal. A well-placed cross into the box brought Akira Fitzgerald into action and an unfortunate deflection off of Esteban Calvo redirected the ball into the back of the net, once again leveling the scoreline, 2-2.

After 30 minutes of intense back-and-forth between both teams, Forward Madison earned a free kick just outside of the Richmond box. The dead-ball kick sailed just under the crossbar, nearly beating Fitzgerald, but the veteran keeper got a glove on it to keep the Reds level.

A few minutes later, Richmond answered back with their own threatening attack. Juan Pablo Monticelli, who came into the match off the bench chased down a long-through ball far up the left wing and sent a low-driven cross into the Forward Madison box. The ball crossed through the box and reached Terzaghi who put his laces through a shot that slammed into the back of the net at the far post.

With Terzaghi’s second goal, he broke the USL League One single-season goal-scoring record (16), previously set by North Texas SC’s Ronaldo Damus in 2019. Terzaghi notched his 17th goal of the season and bagged the Kickers fifth-straight win to bring home the Henny Derby.

After Richmond’s late-season rally and five-match winning streak, the Reds are back on the road to Nebraska to take on the league leaders, Union Omaha, as they rally in the final leg of the 2021 season. Richmond will be at Werner Park, Saturday, October 23. Kickoff for the match is set for 7 p.m. EST.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at and on the official team app.



First Half Second Half Final
Richmond 2 1 3
Forward Madison 1 1 2


Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Chris Cole (55’ – Juan Pablo Monticelli), Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler, Esteban Calvo, Zaca Moran, Ethan Bryant (55’ – Victor Falck), Nil Vinyals (90’ – Nathan Aune, Matt Bolduc (76’ – Luke Pavone), Emiliano Terzaghi, Jonathan Bolanos (76’ – Oalex Anderson)

Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Hernan Gonzalez

Forward Madison: Phil Breno, Eric Leonard, Cyrus Rad, Connor Tobin, Aaron Molloy, Josiah Trimmingham, Christian Enriquez (75’ – Audi Jepson), Derek Gebhard (85’ – Carlos Gómez), Justin Sukow, Christian Díaz (46’ – Tyler Allen), R. Sierakowski

Unused Substitutes: Noah Fuson, Jake Keegan, Aidan Hogan, Jesús Pérez

Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Richmond 12 3 15 5
Forward Madison 15 3 14 3















Calvo (OG)






























Referee: John Matto
Assistant Referee: Jeffrey Skinker, William Aten
Fourth Official: Andrew Charron
Attendance: 3,212
Weather: Windy, 72 ºF



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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Send Fordham Home with a Loss

It only took one goal to give the Rams the win as their impressive season rolls on.



Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 1, Fordham 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 11-2-0 (7-0-0 Atlantic 10), Fordham 3-10-2 (1-5-1 A-10)

The short story: Redshirt senior midfielder Emma Kershner‘s 37th minute goal, and a stellar effort from VCU’s back line extended the Rams’ win streak.


  • VCU has won seven matches in a row, the longest win streak since the 2018 squad won seven in a row from Sept. 6 through Oct. 4.
  • This also extends VCU’s best-ever start to Atlantic 10 play.
  • VCU remains in first in the A-10 standings, with a two-game cushion over second-place Dayton and Saint Louis.
  • Kershner’s goal was her fourth of the season, and 16th of her VCU career. It was also her seventh game-winner in black and gold.
  • Sophomore winger Ella Higgins provided the assist on the goal, her third of the season.
  • Senior Emily Charen made her first appearance of the year, playing 60 minutes at right back off the bench.
  • VCU’s back line of Natalia SantangeloAmber DiOrioLana GolobSamantha Ferguson, and Charen held Fordham to just one shot in the match, and without a single shot on goal. This is the fifth clean sheet of the year for VCU and redshirt senior goalkeeper Grace Young.
  • VCU held a massive 63%-37% advantage in possession, while outshooting Fordham 20-1, and collecting 11 corner kicks compared to Fordham’s one.
  • Earlier this week, VCU checked in at 23 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings.


  • Junior midfielder Anna Bagley had a dangerous chance in the 13th minute, winning a ball in the midfield and ripping a left-footed shot on goal from the top of the box.
  • VCU netted the lone goal of the match in the 37th minute as Higgins turned on a defender and drove in a cross from the right wing for Kershner to take on the half-volley, slotting the ball inside the left post.
  • Redshirt senior forward Lyndsey Gutzmer headed an effort on goal in the 65th minute, redirecting a free kick from Kershner.
  • In the 82nd minute, Bagley crashed on a rebound from a corner kick, and slashed a shot that deflected off a Fordham defender, then off the left post for a corner kick. DiOrio headed a shot over the bar on the ensuing set piece.
  • Senior forward Aileen Guthrie nearly doubled the lead in the final minute, racing to a 50-50 ball before the charging Fordham goalkeeper, and floating a shot on the empty net that was cleared off the line by a Ram defender.

VCU hits the road for a pair of A-10 matches, starting at La Salle on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. in Philadelphia. The match will be streamed on ESPN+.



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