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 in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”
The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.
The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.
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