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SunTrust to sponsor raceways’s military appreciation program


JULY 31, 10:15 A.M. – Richmond Raceway and SunTrust Banks, Inc. today announced that the financial institution would sponsor the raceway's military appreciation program for the fall NASCAR race weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver.

The "Military Appreciation Program presented by SunTrust" will feature an opportunity for fans to visit the SunTrust “onUp on Tour” pop-up entertainment experience that inspires visitors to learn about finances through interactive, sports-based activities.
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Code Lacrosse joins Richmond Strikers


The Code Lacrosse youth program has joined the Richmond Strikers and will be rebranded as Richmond Strikers Boys Lacrosse, the two programs announced June 19.

Code Lacrosse, founded in 2010, hosts teams for boys in elementary and middle school.

Jordan Clevey will run the day-to-day operations as the director of the program, while Code Lacrosse's director, Steve Ceperich, will provide program oversight as the director of development and coaching.
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5 Henrico student-athletes win scholarships at awards dinner

Five Henrico student-athletes were among 20 from the region honored with scholarships at the Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner at The Jefferson Hotel June 5.

The program, now in its 26th year, honors local scholar-athletes for their athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements. Since the program's inception in 1992, more than $1 million in scholarship money has been awarded to 514 outstanding student-athletes from the Richmond region.
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Athlete of the Week – May 15: Devin Barnes

Hermitage High School, varsity track and field

Like many of the athletes profiled in this space each week, Hermitage’s Devin Barnes, 18, initially resisted the sport in which he has found the most success. Barnes’ father, who ran track at St. John’s University, always wanted his son to run, but Devin wanted to play football instead.

It wasn’t until Barnes was cut from the football team that he began to run track. He discovered he loved competing against himself, forcing his body to overcome opponents in his mind rather than on the gridiron.

“Pushing yourself is mentally tough, but it’s fun,” he said. “It’s what people do it for.”
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2 RVC players practice with pro volleyball team

Graham Gresham (left) and Jack Wilson

Two USA Junior Volleyball Club program participants from the Richmond Volleyball Club are practicing with a professional volleyball team.

Chesterfield natives Jack Wilson and Graham Gresham, both graduates of Cosby High School, will play on a practice team with the ODR Virginia VIBE of the Premiere Volleyball League. Wilson (also named in the “Fab 50” as a USA Volleyball Junior player for Volleyball Magazine in 2012) and Gresham are currently playing collegiately at George Mason University. The Virginia VIBE will be competing in the fourth-annual PVL Championships in Detroit during Memorial Day weekend.
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Athlete of the Week – May 8: Strib Walker

Collegiate, varsity boys' lacrosse
The Collegiate Cougars, at 20-0, have had many vital moments in the quest for an undefeated season. One of the closest calls came against Paul VI on April 23. The teams were tied, playing in sudden-death double overtime. Senior captain Strib Walker, 18, scored the game-winning goal.

Although this may have been the biggest goal of the season, Walker downplayed the drama of it all. “I was just the lucky guy who got to finish the game with the goal,” he said. “Our defense- they were the ones killing it.”

Although he plays midfield, Walker said he gets most excited during games when he sees the Collegiate defense gelling.
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Athlete of the Week – May 1: Cierra Turner

Highland Springs High School, varsity girls' tennis
Cierra Turner began playing tennis in sixth grade, when her mother told her she had to pick up a school sport. The only two options were basketball and tennis. She doesn’t like basketball, so tennis became her main sport by default.

This year, the 16 year-old Highland Springs High School sophomore has gone 6-3, and said she has learned a great deal about herself on the tennis court. She said that she has become aware of how her speed can help her win matches. “Most people can’t run back and forth and side to side as much as I can,” she said.

She also has found herself getting mentally tougher.
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Athlete of the Week – April 24: Brooke Carter

Varina High School, varsity girls' soccer

Brooke Carter had not won a soccer game in more than two years. But on April 17, when Varina played Highland Springs, everything she had worked for as team captain came together. The Blue Devils left the field victorious by a score of 5-0 that day, and Carter contributed one goal and three assists. After the game, the team celebrated at Romaʼs restaurant.

A two-year losing streak and annual coaching changes (three coaches in three years) could damper the competitive fire of most athletes. But Carter took each loss over the two years as if it were the first.

“I get furious when we lose. The coach usually talks me down on the bus ride back home from losses,” she said.
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