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
- 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|
Preview: Kickers Face FC Tucson at the Season Midpoint
July wasn’t good to the Kickers with only one win out of four games. They’ve got a chance to double their July winning total at the wire.
Opponent: FC Tuscon (5-7-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, July 31st, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 2 – Tormenta 2
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Three Things to Kick About
- 90 Minutes – The Kickers on Saturday pulled together a great 2nd half coming back from 2 down. The first 60 minutes or so of the gamer weren’t great. The team really needs to put together a full 90 minute performance to show they belong in the playoffs.
- Halfway – USL1 is officially at the halfway point of the season. The Kickers sit in 9th out of 12 teams. The good news is that they are only 3 points away from 3rd. The league is incredibly close. The points given up to the league’s worst NCFC are stuck in my throat like an old chicken bone. Just one of those game being a win and we would be in the top 3, had we won all three the team would be tied for first. This just goes to show you can’t take things for granted and every game matters.
- Tired – This will be the third game in ten days. This combined with a shallow bench (not a Kickers issue more of a USL1 issue) and our lovely swamp-ass filled weather could cause problems.
I just don’t know anymore. I thought we would win down in North Carolina. I thought we were going to lose when down by 2 against Tormenta. I fear that the schedule has done us no favors. Hoping for a win, expecting a loss.
Kickers 0 – FC Tuscon 2
Official Kickers Preview
The Richmond Kickers (4-5-5) return to City Stadium after completing a three matches in seven days gauntlet last week to host FC Tucson (4-5-4) for their first matchup this season. The kickoff for the match is set for 6:30 p.m.
Richmond’s previous match was the conclusion of their three matches in a week when they came from behind to earn a hard-fought point at Statesboro, Ga. against South Georgia Tormenta FC. The hosts opened up the scoring early with a penalty converted by Marco Micaletto. Richmond would proceed to turn on the burners for the rest of the first half.
Roughly 20 minutes after walking back out of the tunnel for the second half, Tormenta squeezed in another goal, but, before they had time to settle down, Richmond bounced back as Matt Bolduc pushed up the right wing and sent in a perfect cross that was met with another fantastic first-touch flick into the goal by Emiliano Terzaghi. With the scoreline 2-1, Richmond smelled blood and continued firing on all cylinders. Eventually, their resilience and relentless attacking helped Oalex Anderson find another goal off the bench, leveling the scoreline and finishing their road trip with an important point.
The last time Richmond faced FC Tucson was in the 2020 season at Tucson when the match concluded in a 2-2 draw with Victor Falck and Terzaghi putting their names on the scoresheet after a 0-2 comeback. Terzaghi converted a penalty to halve the scoreline before Falck converted on a set piece in the 93rd minute to level the scoreline.
The first time the two sides played in 2020 was at City Stadium in August when the Kickers earned a 2-1 victory in only its second match at home following USL League One’s return to play earlier in July. Ivan Magalhães opened the scoring with a header off a free kick. Terzaghi doubled the lead after Tucson failed to clear the ball and Richmond recycled play back to the eventual MVP who received the pass with his back to goal before quickly turning on it and beating the keeper. Shak Adams would score a consolation goal in the waning minutes of the match.
In the first half of the 2021 season, FC Tucson’s current form is similar to Richmond’s with both sides right in the mix of a crowded midfield in the USL League One table. Both teams will look for this game to propel themselves into a better position in the table with a win potentially raising either team up two or three spots.
Tucson’s last matchup was against Union Omaha and saw Omaha finish the match 2-1 with a win at home. Tucson managed to retain more possession with 54.3% but only scraped five shots throughout the match. Half of Tucson’s team had a passing accuracy of 80% or higher and may look to retain possession against the Kickers this weekend.
Richmond’s next match will be back on the road for its first international affair since 2019, after a short-lived return to City Stadium, to line up against Toronto FC II. Nearly two years later, the sides will line up across one another once again for the first time during the 2021 season. Kickoff for the match is set for 4 p.m. on Friday, August 6.
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Washington Football Team Training Camp Starts Today
Are you ready for some football? Well, football practice anyway.
The Washington Football Team is in town and getting ready for a new season. Last year’s training camp was canceled for the obvious reason, Covid-19.
Training kicks off today with a closed-door session and fans will be allowed to watch starting on Wednesday.
Per NFL COVID-19 policies, all Fans must maintain a social distance of at least 20 feet from players. Direct player autographs will not be permitted at Camp and Fans cannot gather near or visit the Player entrance or parking area. There will be pre-signed items available for sale.
There are seven free practice sessions open to the public from July 28-July 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fan Appreciation Day is Saturday, July 31. Fans who wish to attend Training Camp can register for Free Fan Passes at: WashingtonFootball.com/TrainingCamp you’ll need to have the Washington Football Team app on your mobile device.
The Virginia Department of Health and Richmond and Henrico County Health Districts are partnering with Test Here to offer Fans free, walk-up Covid-19 vaccinations and education at Training Camp. Receive your Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson&Johnson vaccine with no appointment needed. Vaccinations are available daily, from Wednesday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Richmond City Health District Outreach Team will also be on-site each day to offer education and information about the vaccine.
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Travelled to NC on Wednesday and Got Thumped
The Kickers fell short in both offense and defense and ended up losing 4-0 against North Carolina FC
Official Kickers Summary
The Richmond Kickers (4-5-4) fell on the road to regional rival North Carolina FC (2-7-3) after a quick turnaround for the midweek match — their second match in a three matches in seven-day span. Richmond United academy product Damian Gallegos made his professional debut for the Reds when he came on for Emiliano Terzaghi in the 85th minute.
The match started off with kinetic back-and-forth energy. At the four-minute-mark, North Carolina’s Jay Tee Kamara sprinted down the wing at Richmond’s goal and made an incisive through-pass to Robert Kristo who struck a shot at goal, but Akira Fitzgerald was calm and collected the shot with ease.
At 13 minutes, Matt Bolduc sprinted towards the corner with the ball at his feet and curled a ball into the North Carolina box. Oalex Anderson soared in the air to meet the cross and rattled off a powerful header at the far post but it was wide of the goal.
Shortly after, North Carolina recovered a Richmond-headed clearance and recycled the ball out wide to Nelson Flores who curled the ball into Kristo who aimed a lofty header towards the far post and just over the Richmond defense to make the scoreline to 1-0. Just before the first half would come to a close, Kristo received a long ball at the center of the field and cranked out a half volley shot that unluckily found the back of the net to bring the scoreline to 2-0 in North Carolina’s favor.
Richmond came out of the dressing room pressing for a goal to halve the NCFC lead. However, NCFC found room to initiate a counterattack in the 48th minute. Josh Coan received the ball wide in the Richmond box and fired a shot towards the far post that would make the scoreline 3-0.
With the addition of some fresh legs from the Richmond bench in the 64th minute, the Reds looked to close the gap adding Luke Pavone, Stanley Alves, and Jonathan Bolanos into the mix. Stanley Alves received a long ball outside of the box, controlled it with a superb first touch, and fired off a rocket of a shot at the North Carolina goal but unfortunately, the attempt would hit the woodwork and bounce out of play — a theme for the night as the Kickers were unlucky and saw several shots either hit the post or just miss it.
In the 85th minute, NCFC would find space on the counter as Kristos was trailed by two Kickers defenders. Ivan Magalhães made a last-ditch attempt to stop the attack but brought down Kristos in the process and the defender received a red card for the last-man tackle. After six minutes of extra time was added to the clock, Coan made an incisive run at the Richmond goal and was able to find the back of the net for the final tally of the night.
Richmond caps off its busy week of three matches at South Georgia Tormenta FC on Saturday night. The last time the Kickers faced Tormenta was at City Stadium when the Reds earned a 2-0 result thanks to a brace from Emiliano Terzaghi in the final 10 minutes. Kickoff for the match in Statesboro, Ga. is set for 8:00 p.m.
First Half Second Half Final Richmond 0 0 0 North Carolina 2 2 4
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Chris Cole, Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler(77‘ – Mumbi Kwesele, Esteban Calvo(64‘ – Luke Pavone), Zaca Moran, Victor Falck(64’ – Stanley Alves), Matt Bolduc, Nil Vinyals(65’ – Jonathan Bolanos), Emiliano Terzaghi(79’ – Daman Gallegos), Oalex Anderson
Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Hernan Gonzalez
North Carolina: Jake McGuire, Shermaine Martina(84’ – Malick Mbaye), Nelson Blanco Flores, Nelson Martinez, Max Flick, Nazmi Albadawi, Joshua Coan(90’+3 – Marvin Mariche), Selmir Miscic(76’ – Robert Frame), Peter Pearson, Jay Tee Kamara(76’ – Luis Arriaga, Robert Kristo
Unused Substitutes: Nicholas Holliday, Britton Fischer, Malyk Hamilton
Shots Saves Fouls Corners Richmond 19 4 12 6 North Carolina 16 3 10 4
70’ RIC Moran
85’ RIC Magalhães
Referee: Emma Richards
Asst. Referee: Justin Howard, Dallas Rosier
4th Official: John Matto
Weather: Sunny, 84 ºF