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Richmond Flying Squirrels win MiLB Community Champion Award for local activism

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have been named the recipient of the 2022 Minor League Baseball CommUNITY Champion Award, MiLB announced on Sunday night.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have been named the recipient of the 2022 Minor League Baseball CommUNITY Champion Award, MiLB announced on Sunday night.

The CommUNITY Champion Award recognizes a Club that demonstrates an outstanding, ongoing commitment to charitable service, support and leadership within their local community and the baseball industry. The award was presented during the Opening Night Reception and Awards Program of the Baseball Winter Meetings at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

“Making an impact in the community is a pillar of our organization,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We strive to be a valuable community partner and aim to use our platform to make positive impacts in the Richmond region. We are grateful for this recognition from Minor League Baseball and for our community.”

In 2022, Flying Squirrels Charities expanded its areas of focus in an effort to fully encompass all the ways the Flying Squirrels impact the greater Richmond community. The newly rebranded Flying Squirrels Charities focuses on four pillars: Education, Athletics, Social Determinants and Inclusion. Flying Squirrels Charities raises funds through a number of avenues including in-stadium initiatives during the season and events around the region all year.

With Flying Squirrels Charities this year, the team has partnered to support local organizations including Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond, Friendship Circle of Virginia (FCVA), Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL), Fox Elementary School and more.

The Flying Squirrels are visible in the greater Richmond community well beyond the baseball months. Mascots Nutzy and Nutasha have made more than 400 community appearances this year around the Commonwealth of Virginia. Additionally, Flying Squirrels front office staff, players and coaches have volunteered this year with organizations and events including children’s hospitals, Miracle Leagues, Feed More, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Salvation Army and others.

The Flying Squirrels continue to promote educational causes in schools around the Richmond region, including the “Go Nuts for Reading Program,” which challenges elementary and middle school students to read eight books over a two-month span to receive a free ticket to a Flying Squirrels game. This year, more than 10,000 students from 68 participating schools completed the challenge.

The Flying Squirrels launched their Executive Trainee Program, offering opportunities to students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities the opportunity to gain hands-on, professional experience working in various capacities with the team. The program is designed to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce with the goal of elevating more minorities into leadership positions throughout the professional baseball industry.

Through these and many other initiatives, the Flying Squirrels aim to make Richmond a better, more inclusive place, while simultaneously helping grow the game of baseball.

The Flying Squirrels open the 2023 season on Friday, April 7 at The Diamond against the Reading Fightin Phils. Ticket packages for the 2023 season are available now at SquirrelsBaseball.com.

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

Education

Henrico students set to showcase their skills to employers at Career Rodeo Skills Challenge

As at a traditional rodeo, the HCPS participants will wear numbers as they show off their skills, to make it easier for spectators to identify them. After past editions of the Career Rodeo Skills Challenge, employers requested resumes and interviews from hundreds of students.

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Henrico County Public Schools students will demonstrate their skills for potential employers at the 2023 Career and Technical Education Career Rodeo Skills Challenge, to be held Feb. 23 at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

This year’s event will provide a new crop of students the chance to launch their careers, and employers the opportunity to fill critical positions with skilled employees.

The event will enable students to show what they’ve learned in the school division’s career and technical education programs, to form connections and lay the groundwork for employment. Students from HCPS’ Advanced Career Education — or ACE – centers will solve work-based challenges in front of potential employers, who can request resumes and even interview students on the spot.

As at a traditional rodeo, the HCPS participants will wear numbers as they show off their skills, to make it easier for spectators to identify them. After past editions of the Career Rodeo Skills Challenge, employers requested resumes and interviews from hundreds of students.

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Community

Person of Interest in Two Armed Commercial Robberies

On November 29th and January 8th officers were called about a robbery and believe the same person is responsible for both crimes.

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From RPD

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual in the attached photos who is a person of interest in multiple armed commercial robberies that occurred in the past few months along East Brookland Park Boulevard.

At approximately 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, officers responded to the 1400 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard for the report of an armed robbery. It was determined that a black male, who was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, brandished a firearm and demanded money from the employee. The suspect took money from the cash register and fled on foot.

On January 8 at 7:05 p.m., officers were again called to the 1400 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard to investigate a report of an armed robbery. A male wearing a grey sweatshirt and grey sweatpants brandished a firearm and robbed the business of money before fleeing on foot. The suspect is believed to be the same in both robberies.

Anyone with information about the identity of this individual is asked to contact Property Crimes Detective Sergeant M. Stella at (804) 646-4656 or Detective D. Marakovitz at (804) 646-4636 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Northside Strong Hosting Food Access Forum on Monday

Several community leaders will be speaking on bringing the community food access for all.

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Northside Strong is hosting a Food Access Forum on Monday 1/9, 11am at the Hotchkiss Community Center. Several community leaders will be speaking on bringing the community food access for all.

From the Northside Strong Facebook

Northside Strong is the product of over 40 Northside organizations’ efforts to come together to better understand and address needs of residents living in Richmond’s Northside neighborhoods. The Richmond City Health Districts aids in this effort by helping partners to collect information on the health and wellbeing of Northside residents, and use data to make informed decisions about what programs and services to put in place to best meet the greatest needs of the Northside community. We also want to increase communication between Northside residents and organizations, so that everyone is up-to-date on the programs and events taking place in the community. The online Northside Resource Database will include information on opportunities to access community events, fitness classes, fresh produce, nutrition and cooking classes, disease prevention and management courses, job opportunities, financial assistance, emergency food access, and more. We welcome your input and feedback. Connect with us to learn more!

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