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Spiders Fight Back and Advance to A-10 Final – Photos and Game Summary

With the win, the Spiders earn their fourth trip to the A-10 title game, and their first since winning it all in 2011.

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The sixth-seeded Richmond Spiders overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half of Saturday’s Atlantic 10 Semifinal matchup to defeat the second-seeded Dayton Flyers 68-64. With the win, the Spiders earn their fourth trip to the A-10 title game, and their first since winning it all in 2011.

Richmond (22-12), which snapped a nine-game losing streak to Dayton with Saturday’s win, will face No. 1 seed Davidson in the A-10 Championship Final Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS.

“Obviously I’m extremely proud of our guys. Dayton is a great team with a lot of really good players and a great coach. It’s a first-class program, so I’m really proud we were able to win this game and advance to the championship,” said head coach Chris Mooney. “We’ve been down in this situation very often with second-half deficits, and that’s not part of the plan, but it takes a lot of high character, good players, and great ability and belief [to overcome that]. I couldn’t be prouder of our guys, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

The Spiders trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half and were down 52-39 with 12:04 to play. Moments later, Matt Grace scored five straight points to spark an 11-0 run for the Spiders over four-plus minutes that pulled Richmond within two points of Dayton, 52-50, with 6:21 remaining.

Following a Dayton basket, Isaiah Wilson hit from behind the arc to narrow the gap to just one point, at 54-53. With Richmond trailing 58-57 with 3:32 remaining, Tyler Burton hit a pair of free throws to give the Spiders their first lead of the day, a lead Richmond would not relinquish. Grace pulled down a crucial rebound on the defensive end and followed it with a crucial three-pointer with 1:40 to play to break a 59-59 tie. Dayton’s only field goal in the final five minutes was a three-pointer at the buzzer that made the final margin four.

Grant Golden led Richmond with 18 points and nine rebounds, becoming the third Spider with 1,000 career rebounds and the only active Division I player with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Tyler Burton finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Grace came off the bench to finish with 12 points and four rebounds. Jacob Gilyard added 11 points, five assists and four steals. His three-pointer at 13:20 in the second half was Richmond’s first of the game and Gilyard’s 86th of the season, breaking a tie with Rodney Rice (1987-88) for the most in a single season in Spiders history.

The win was Richmond’s sixth after trailing by 14 or more points this season.

With a win Sunday, Richmond will head to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in program history and first since 2011, when the Spiders advanced to the Sweet 16.

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Richmond Kiwanis Foundation donates $50,000 toward playrooms at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU 

The age-appropriate playrooms will be located throughout the 16-story hospital and can be used to help children feel safe and at ease while at the hospital and to remain connected with their home life through play. 

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Richmond Kiwanis Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, has announced a donation of $50,000 to support the playrooms that will be a part of the Wonder Tower, the new inpatient pediatric hospital at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

The age-appropriate playrooms will be located throughout the 16-story hospital and can be used to help children feel safe and at ease while at the hospital and to remain connected with their home life through play.

“We’re here to support the children in the community, especially when they need us most,” said Bruce Tyler, Kiwanis Club of Richmond president. “Children in health care environments need areas where they can be children. Playing, having fun and using their imaginations while they receive care at CHoR.”

The Kiwanis Club of Richmond’s mission is to serve the children of Richmond and the world. That focus has led Richmond Kiwanians to be key drivers for progress in the community in its century of service to children. For over 100 years, Kiwanis and CHoR have remained closely connected and support has included hosting the beloved holiday party for the children at CHoR’s Brook Road Campus each year, providing properly fitted bike helmets to second graders in Richmond Public Schools and supporting a family lounge adjacent to the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.

“Our relationship with the Kiwanis Club of Richmond has stood the test of time and we’re so grateful for their ongoing support,” said Lauren Moore, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This group is wholeheartedly in it for the kids and Richmond is fortunate to have such a thriving, generous Kiwanis chapter doing so much good for the community.”

This $50,000 gift is part of the Foundation’s annual grant program, where organizations whose missions align with Kiwanis are invited to apply for fundings for programs that benefit children in the Richmond area, particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  In 2022, Kiwanis Richmond has awarded more than $60,000 to a diverse array of Richmond-area nonprofits.

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Library of Virginia helps Billy Porter discover his family history on July 10th episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

The genealogy TV show has filmed segments at the Library of Virginia in previous seasons for episodes featuring actors Hilary Duff, Bill Paxton, and Blair Underwood.

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Watch for Richmond and the Library of Virginia during the July 10 season opener of the genealogy TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?,” now back on NBC.

While exploring his Virginia roots in the episode, featured celebrity Billy Porter—the award-winning actor, singer, Broadway star, and author—traveled to Richmond on his family history quest and visited the Library of Virginia to see 19th-century records from the collections relating to his ancestors.

The genealogy TV show has filmed segments at the Library of Virginia in previous seasons for episodes featuring actors Hilary Duff, Bill Paxton, and Blair Underwood.

The episode premieres Sunday, July 10th at 7:00 PM on NBC. Episodes will stream on Peacock the following day.

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PHOTOS: Green infrastructure projects completed at three Richmond Public Library branches

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Richmond Public Library, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, Four Winds Design, and the James River Association is celebrating the completion of green infrastructure projects that manage stormwater at three Richmond Public Library branches.

Implementation of green infrastructure plans for Broad Rock Branch, North Avenue Branch, and West End Branch, all approved by the City of Richmond’s Urban Design Committee and Planning Commission, occurred this spring. Each of the three projects features bioretention basins that capture and absorb stormwater runoff from library buildings and grounds, thereby reducing the amount of stormwater pollution entering the James River and its tributaries.

“After spending a few years securing funding for the Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative and developing green infrastructure plans with community input for Broad Rock Branch, North Avenue Branch, and West End Branch, Richmond Public Library is thrilled to celebrate the completion of these projects,” said Scott Firestine, Director of Richmond Public Library. “These projects are the result of collaboration with committed partners like the James River Association and Four Winds Design and interdepartmental cooperation within City Hall. We’ve reimagined how library campuses can serve the city, from adding Bike Share stations and outdoor reading benches to new methods of landscape maintenance.”

Harbor Dredge & Dock was selected as the contractor to implement the three projects and volunteer assistance was used to install trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses. A total of 173 trees and shrubs were planted alongside hundreds of perennials and grasses at the three library branches to help manage stormwater and green library grounds. The landscapes were designed to be habitats for pollinators and are complete with interpretive signs for visitors and expanded water-wise irrigation systems. As the trees and shrubs grow, they will help reduce the amount of stormwater runoff leaving library grounds and expand Richmond’s tree canopy. The Richmond Public Library Foundation funded new outdoor seating areas featuring pervious pavers that reduce stormwater runoff near the main entrance at Broad Rock Branch.

“It really is remarkable what public-private collaboration can achieve,” said Justin Doyle, Director of Community Conservation with the James River Association. “My James River Association colleagues and I are grateful for Richmond Public Library’s commitment to the Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative and their willingness to install green infrastructure on library grounds to reduce stormwater runoff. We are excited to conduct community engagement activities at East End Branch this month and work toward developing a community-supported green infrastructure plan for the library.”

Community engagement activities including a public meeting and rain barrel workshop are scheduled for East End Branch Library this month. A questionnaire available at the library and online is also being used to gather input from library users and residents of Richmond’s East End. A public meeting will be held at the library on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 5:00 pm. Attendees will be asked to share thoughts on outdoor spaces at the library and input on where green infrastructure should be installed around the library. On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the James River Association is partnering with Richmond Public Library and the Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O to hold a rain barrel workshop at the library. During this workshop, participants will learn how to assemble, install, and use rain barrels to harvest rainwater at home. Participants will also learn about the benefits of native plants and receive a native perennial to plant at home.

Stormwater pollution poses one of the biggest threats to the health of the James River by carrying pollution to its tributaries and green infrastructure helps reduce polluted stormwater runoff. The Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative, a collaboration between Richmond Public Library, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, JRA, and Four Winds Design, launched in 2019 with the implementation of a green infrastructure plan at Westover Hills Branch Library. Since then, the partners have worked together to engage library users and stakeholders in planning and design processes that resulted in the implementation of green infrastructure plans at Broad Rock Branch Library, North Avenue Branch Library, and West End Branch Library.

The primary goal of these plans is to manage stormwater on library grounds through the installation of green infrastructure. The initiative is funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) under a 319 grant to the James River Association. Additional support is provided by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Altria, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, James River Association, Richmond Public Library, Richmond Public Library Foundation, and Virginia Department of Forestry.

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