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
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/15/2014
Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.
Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.
Paid extras are being sought to appear in the AMC television series TURN: Washington's Spies, which will begin filming its second season in the Richmond area at the end of September and continue through February.
No experience is required, but producers say that extras must have flexible availability, reliable transportation and a positive attitude.
Arvold Casting is holding an open call on Sunday, Sept. 21 and is seeking men, women and children who are Caucasian, African American and Native American, with thin to average builds and who can realistically portray people living in Revolutionary War times. Long hair is a plus but not a must. > Read more.
TGIF! Celebrate the weekend at Oak Hall Baptist Church’s Community Block Party on Saturday. Learn more about ballroom dancing, art and Colonial times. Or take the kids to Generation Z Games for water play or Southern Season to cook up a Disney-theme meal. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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