Citizen Staff Reports 07/20/12
Henrico County will welcome more than 1,500 top high school baseball players from around the country — as well as college coaches, scouts and a nationwide television audience — when the Triple Crown U.S. Baseball Championships take place July 20-28.
Eighty-eight teams from 18 states and Canada, including several from the Richmond area, will compete at 16-under, 17-under and 18-under age divisions. Games will be played at a number of county facilities, including Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park, Dorey Park and Tuckahoe Park, as well as other sites in the metro area, beginning Friday morning. All games are open to the public.
Teams will also participate in numerous activities during the week including a Home Run Derby sponsored by Louisville Slugger, lectures and discussions by college coaches, college placement opportunities, and much more.
The CBS Sports Network will broadcast live nationwide the 16-under/17-under all-star game from Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 23. Admission is free.
Chad Gibbons, sports tourism coordinator for Henrico Recreation and Parks, said the U.S. Baseball Championships is a showcase event for prospective college athletes and for the county’s growing sports-tourism program. The estimated economic impact of the event on the Richmond Region is $1.7 million with a total of 2,576 hotel room nights.
“Many of these players will be offered college scholarships,” Gibbons said. “The (U.S. Baseball Championships) brings talented athletes from all over the country, not just Virginia or the Southeast. It’s great exposure for the kids."
For complete information on Triple Crown Sports and the game schedule for the U.S. Baseball Championships, visit http://www.triplecrownsports.com
The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.
Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.
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.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
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