Henrico County sports

RIR to admit children 12 and younger free next year

Richmond International Raceway will admit children 12 and younger free to all NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series races beginning next year. The track already had been admitting children free to XFINITY series races and now is participating in an industry-wide effort to admit them free at Truck Series races as well.

The announcement, made Monday, was a part of a week-long youth initiative called Kids Drive NASCAR, highlighting the importance kids play in expanding the sport's reach. > Read more.

Henrico teams win district, state championships

Three Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association all-star baseball teams and two all star softball teams recently won state championships.

Two Tuckahoe Little League all-star teams also won district titles and advanced to their state tournaments, which were ongoing at press time.

The Glen Allen 10-year-old Cal Ripken League team (pictured above) went 5-0 in the state tournament, following a 3-0 run to the district title, and advanced to the Southeast Regional in Nashville, Tenn., which began this week. The team includes Will Kuimjian, Ben Rossi, James Hall, Justin Helberg, Ryan Bland, Ryan Lloyd, Cameron Slough, Parker Maughan, Will Hemp, Eli Ranson, Lee Sowers, Nate Boeckle and Chad Martin and is managed by Rebecca Slough and coached by Melvin Slough and Jeff Hemp. > Read more.

Varina HS to host Basketball Skill Development Academy June 20-23

In cooperation with the Henrico County Recreation and Parks, Varina High School will host the annual Basketball Skill Development Academy camp for boys and girls ages 7-17, June 20-23. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost for the four-day session is $60 per child.

The camp features basketball instruction in all phases of the game. Participants will learn the skills that will build the foundation for success in basketball and life. Campers are organized by age group and will participate in daily college style skill development workouts, contest and games. The camp closes Thursday with an awards ceremony. The first 50 campers to register will receive a free gift. > Read more.

RIR September race tickets go on sale May 23

Tickets to NASCAR's September race weekend at Richmond International Raceway will go on sale to the general public Friday, May 23.

The weekend will feature the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 6, which sets the field for the Sprint Cup Series' Chase for the Sprint Cup, locking in the drivers who areeligible for the season title. > Read more.

Arena Racing USA seeking donations to ‘Tickets for Troops’

Henrico-based Arena Racing USA, in partnership with USO Hampton Roads Central Virginia (USOHRCV), earlier this year launched "Tickets for Troops," a program to connect corporate and individual ticket sponsors with area military channels. USOHRCV is not the only recipient of the “Tickets for Troops” program; Arena Racing USA donates sponsored tickets to organizations such as: Fisher House Richmond, Fort Lee MWR (Morale, Welfare, Recreation), McGuire Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Air Force Training Squadron, and we continue to build relationships with other military-focused organizations and bases. > Read more.

HCPS to stream Friday’s Varina-Highland Springs football game

Didn't get a ticket to the sold-out Varina-Highland Springs football game Friday night? You can still watch the game online, thanks to Henrico County Public Schools. HCPS-TV will stream the game live through its website, http://www.henrico.k12.va.us. Varina enters the game 8-1, while Highland Springs is 7-2. Both teams are assured of berths in the high school playoffs. > Read more.

Tucker graduate excels as goalie for USC club hockey team

Dale Turner not only acknowledges his weirdness, he embraces it.

The University of South Carolina hockey team’s senior goalie, a Tucker High School graduate, not only talks to the posts in his net, he’s named them – Larry, Moe and Curly. > Read more.

NOVA swimmers win 13th straight Va. Swimming Long Course title

NOVA of Virginia, a Henrico-based swim program, recently won the Virginia Swimming Long Course age group championship for a 13th consecutive time.

NOVA sent 110 swimmers to the Christiansburg, Va., competition, where they broke six Virginia records and seven meet records. > Read more.

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Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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The 2016 Central Virginia Kidney Walk will start at 10 a.m. in Innsbrook’s North Shore Commons. There is a one-mile route and a 5K route. Kidney Walk, the nation's largest walk to fight kidney disease, raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/KidneyWalk2016. Full text

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