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.

AAU football team provides on- and off-field lessons

When you think of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the sports that first come to mind are probably basketball, baseball and track and field. However, starting this August, the AAU is offering local youth an opportunity to play another sport: football.

The Tri-City Tigers, an AAU football organization based in Chesterfield, is open to young, aspiring football players and cheerleaders between the ages of 5 to 14 that reside in the Richmond area, including Henrico, for the cost of $195 per participant. > Read more.

Strikers, other soccer officials visit China

Six representatives from the Richmond Strikers and other area soccer programs flew halfway across the globe to train a Chinese youth soccer league last month.

According to Scott Turner, the Strikers’ executive director, the representatives wanted to reengage the Chinese youth in soccer because the nation has not embraced the sport as much as the U.S. in recent years. > Read more.

Dierks Bentley to perform at RIR Sept. 8

Dierks Bentley will perform at Richmond International Raceway during the track's race weekend in September.

Bentley, a national country music recording artist, will perform Thursday, Sept. 8, at the track's amphitheater as part of the first “Rockin’ the Raceway” to benefit the Cullather Brain Tumor Quality of Life Center at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. > Read more.

Jeremy’s Game helps local fight against hunger

For the second Saturday in a row, SkateNation in Short Pump was alive with the sounds of hockey as Richmond Hockey Fights Cancer (RHFC) hosted the first annual Jeremy’s Game on June 25.

The game was dedicated to the life and memory of Jeremy Bannon, who died this past March at the age of 29 when he was struck by a vehicle in Chesterfield County. Bannon, who was described by his friends as a talented chef, worked at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and as a volunteer for several charitable organizations, including RHFC and the Laurel Boys and Girls Club. > Read more.

RIR to add SAFER barriers along backstretch

Addition will be finalized in time for September races
Richmond International Raceway officials announced today that they would install SAFER barriers along the entire length of the inside backstretch wall in time for the September races at the track. The barriers will cover more than 900 feet in total. > 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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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will host October Oddities Oct. 1-31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Refresh your “garden spirit” with displays and activities for all ages throughout the month of October. Enjoy vignettes designed to provoke a sense of curiosity and wonder using underappreciated oddities of nature and “horti-torture.” Pick up a Gourd Quest at the admissions desk before heading down to the Children’s Garden. Included with regular admission which is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 55+ and $8 for children 3-12. For details, visit http://www.lewisginter.org. Full text

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