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.

Deep Run graduate named Big Ten Golfer of the Week

University of Michigan freshman golfer Chris O'Neill, a Deep Run High School graduate, was named the Big Ten conference Golfer of the Week Oct. 17, following his career-best performance at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational Oct. 15-16. It is the first conference accolade of his career.

O'Neill, who tied for 14th individually at the MacKenzie Invitational, recorded his second top-20 and lowered his career-best 54-hole tournament total by eight shots with his three-under 210. He bettered the 218 he posted earlier this season at the Windon Memorial Classic, held Sept. 23-24. > Read more.

Martin’s Tour of Richmond rolls through Henrico

The first annual Martin’s Tour of Richmond cycling event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6. This Gran Fondo will feature a full 102-mile loop around Richmond as well as a 59-mile option and a 29-mile option.

Gran Fondos, or “big ride” in Italian, are long distance, mass-participation cycling events – not races. Participation is open to recreational and competitive amateur cyclists. The full 102-mile course starts at Richmond International Raceway at 7 a.m. The 59-mile course starts at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Goochland Campus at 10 a.m. and the 29-mile course starts at Patrick Henry High School in Hanover at 12:30 p.m. All riders finish at the Richmond Raceway Complex where a post-ride celebration will feature live entertainment, beer and barbecue. > Read more.

Local Olympian visits Volleyball Club

Olympic gold medalist Reid Priddy visited the Richmond Volleyball Club Sept. 10 for a meet-and-greet session with admiring members, who waited in long lines to have their autographs and pictures taken with the star player on the men’s national volleyball team. Priddy and the men’s team won gold in China in 2008 but failed to medal in this year’s London Olympics. > Read more.

RIR to post race-related tweets on billboards

Excited that NASCAR is making its return to Richmond International Raceway next month?

Raceway officials want to hear from you – and they may broadcast your thoughts on billboards around town.

Officials are encouraging members of the public to send tweets using the hashtag #RVALovesRacing. Several digital billboards in the Richmond area will display a different tweet featuring the hashtag each day, from Sept. 2-8. > Read more.

Ridgetop Rebels going to USTA JTT Nationals

The Ridgetop Rebels, based out of Ridgetop Recreation Center in the west end, won the 18U intermediate level flight at the USTA’s Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) Section Championship held in College Park, Md. Aug. 10-12.

Team members include, front row (left to right): Maddie Scarvey (James River), Olivia Wilson (Freeman), Trent Singleton (Freeman), Liza Wayland (Freeman) and Vivien Fergusson (Collegiate); and back row (left to right): Pat Anderson (coach), Chris Ray (Godwin), Emily Sheppard (Deep Run), Ben Brody (James River) and Scott Lancaster (Godwin). > 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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