By Andrew Stoddard, Special to the Citizen 08/16/11
When you think of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the sports that first come to mind probably are basketball, baseball and track and field. However, starting this month, 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.
"This program will help train kids that are 14 years old and under and give them a high level knowledge of the game," Tri-City Tigers Vice President Daniel Bedford, Jr. said.
The team's eight-game schedule includes two home games against in-state squads, both of which will be held at Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond. The Tigers will also be a part of a 15-20 team AAU regional tournament that will be held at Sportsquest in Chesterfield. If the team performs well enough at the regional level, then it will have an opportunity to compete for the national championship at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
"Last year, there were two teams from Virginia that went to the national championship in Orlando, which is extremely impressive when there is a national organization (AAU) with so many teams," Tri-City Tigers President Antonio Bedford said.
While football will be the primary focus of the program, the participating youth will also learn to become better individuals in the classroom and in the community. In order to be a part of the program, players must maintain a "B" average in their academics as well as perform community service delivering food to impoverished local families.
Additionally, the Tigers will hold a "Chalk Talk" session during every Friday practice to teach the athletes important life skills, such as setting goals, decision making and time management.
"We teach [the kids] that they need to be good athletes, great students and greater citizens," Antonio Bedford said in a statement.
The Tri-City Tigers organization also addresses any concerns about concussions or head injuries by performing baseline tests via the online Axon Sports Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool. In the event that a player may have sustained a concussion, he or she will perform the tests again to see if they match up with the baseline test.
The organization held its first practice earlier this month. For details, visit http://www.tricitytigers.org
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
Do you play pickleball? Learn more about this oddly-named but fun-to-play sport tomorrow! Though it’s still pretty chilly outside, you can get a jump start on spring at the Richmond Home and Garden Show or at a workshop on raised bed gardening at Lavender Fields Herb Farm. For all our top picks this weekend in Henrico, click here! > Read more.
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