One of the great challenges society currently faces is the growing disconnect between law enforcement and the citizens they serve. This topic was the the focus of a social action project three years ago in Dr. Dwyer’s Sociology in Sport Class, The thought was sport could be a vehicle to strengthen the bond between police and inner city youth.
For this very reason, VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership is teaming up with Richmond Police and the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Richmond to organize the second annual Day of Play. This event, which has the mission of strengthening the relationships between the police and youth in the community, will bring the two groups together for two hours of fun and activities.
Roughly 160 kids from local elementary and middle schools will arrive at Martin Luther King Middle School at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 30. Upon arrival, officers from Richmond’s Police Athletic League and volunteers from the Center for Sport Leadership will be waiting to take the kids through six stations. The stations include fun games and sports such as basketball, kickball, soccer, and a relay. Each stop gives the kids an opportunity to see the officers in a different light by interacting and competing with them.
“This is a great opportunity for the kids to get to know the officers in the area through sportsmanship,” said Carol Adams of the Richmond Police.
There will also be a station where the kids are encouraged to engage in open dialogue with the officers about their role in the community. Finally, food will be provided to everyone in attendance and the kids will be sent home with a gift bag from VCU Health.
“The divide between inner city youth and police in this country has never been wider. We hope that through sport we can help bridge that gap, and change the mindset of these students to push social change,” said Center for Sport Leadership student Andrew Brandt.
Our hope is that this event serves as the foundation of a new and positive relationship that will span a generation in our city. The other sponsors making this event possible include the Mike Rhoades Basketball Camp, The Man with Square Feet, Insomnia Cookies, and Chipotle.
After years of success with the Paralympic Experience, Sportable and VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership are moving their 2018 event in a fresh and innovative direction.
The organizations are partnering to host 3v3 Wheelchair Madness at the Stuart C. Siegel Center on Friday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The wheelchair basketball tournament serves as an opportunity for members of the Richmond business community to participate in adapted sports, while also raising money for Sportable’s mission of creating opportunities and transforming lives through adaptive sports.
“We’re excited to host our friends from the Richmond community for a fun afternoon at the Siegel Center,” Sportable Executive Director and 2009 CSL alum Hunter Leemon said. “In addition to helping us raise money for all of our efforts to transform lives through adapted sports, this is a great chance for everybody to get in a chair and experience firsthand how talented our athletes are.”
“This event is the next evolution in the great relationship between the Center for Sport Leadership and Sportable,” CSL Executive Director Dr. Carrie LeCrom said. “This is a great opportunity for our students to have hands-on experience managing an event, and we’re proud to partner with such a strong organization.”
Each of the 16 teams is guaranteed four games consisting of 10-minute halves. The games will be played on half courts with rules modified for beginner wheelchair basketball players. The tournament will include round robin play followed by a single elimination bracket, with prizes for the first, second, and third place teams. There will also be awards for the Worst Team, Most Spirited Team, and the Most Valuable Player.
The teams competing include VCU Health/Sheltering Arms, Anthem, CBRE, Patient First, Rebkee, YMCA, Powell, C&F Bank, Dominion Energy, Union Bank, NBC12, Best Bully Sticks, CAVA Capital, and the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Food and beverage will be provided, and each team will receive a gift pack that includes t-shirts, programs, and other great giveaways.
3v3 Wheelchair Madness will not only be an important fundraiser for Sportable’s mission, it will also be a fun event for the Richmond community filled with friendly competition.
Each year, we visit two of the most storied programs in college athletics: University of North Carolin at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Thanks to alumni and partnerships at each institution, our graduate students get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run an elite Division One athletic department. Leaders from both schools share insight and perspective on the current state of college athletics and their personal journey in the sport industry.
We started in Chapel Hill where the CSL has four alumni: Eric Hoots, Director of Player Development for UNC Men’s Basketball; Ashley Usera, Assistant Director of Ticket Operations; Michael Greene, Associate Director of Academic Support for Athletics and Michael Donovan, Development Intern for The Rams Club.
The UNC visit ended with a panel discussion & networking session with our alumni, sharing their advice and perspective with our students. After a lunch break, we traveled to Durham to visit Duke
Duke Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs Art Chase welcomed us and kicked off the Q & A session, followed by Gerald Harrison, Senior Director of Athletics/Internal Affairs and Nina King, Deputy Athletic Director & Chief of Staff
Embracing the Olympic spirit and our core value of global-mindedness, our social media class participated in the Social Media Olympics Friday.
Students teamed up to represent one of seven countries: Norway, German, Canada, Netherlands, France, Italy, and Finland. The U.S. was not included. They scanned the official social media accounts of those countries looking for the best content. The students had to submit a content example to compete in one of the three events: Best Facebook post, Best Tweet and Best Instagram. The content was judged based on creativity, “shareability” and “clickability”, two well-know buzzwords among content providers. Content was judged on a scale of 1-5 with each country getting one vote. You could not vote on your own content. Gold medals (Starbuckls gift cards) were awarded to the countries whose content received the highest score.
During the Opening Ceremony, students marched into the classroom (yes, Burton made them leave and come back in) displaying their country’s flag. They immediately got work work, scouring Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for interesting content.
Gold medal for Best Facebook Post: Team Canada for this game that explains curling