CSL Daily

March 19, 2009

VCU SportsCenter Introduces “Kickin’ 4 Kidz”

Inner-City Soccer Event Will Benefit Lobs & Lessons

Richmond, Va. (March 18, 2009) — Virginia Commonwealth University’s SportsCenter is proud to announce Kickin’ 4 Kidz, a community service event to be held this spring. The event, held for children in the Richmond community, will promote a healthy and active lifestyle, teamwork and community spirit through a day of soccer activities for Richmond’s after school programs and raise money and awareness for Lobs & Lessons.

Kickin’ 4 Kidz has been created by 30 graduate students as a learning experience that will also benefit the community. Since November, students have worked to turn preliminary ideas of the event into a reality. Children from several area community centers, including local YMCA’s and Boy’s & Girl’s Clubs, will participate in a morning of soccer instruction followed by four-on-four tournament-style soccer matches. Dr. Nathan Tomasini, Director of the SportsCenter, says “This event allows our graduate students to get hands on experience planning and organizing a major event, and they learn that we can make a difference in the community.”

The VCU SportsCenter has been involved with the creation of a variety of community service events in its ten year history including “The Journey, On the Field and Beyond,” a seminar for local high school athletes, and “Rams Reaching Out,” a service-oriented group.

Donations for Lobs & Lessons will be collected between now and April 8, 2009 at our partner locations in the Richmond community. For more information on these locations contact the VCU SportsCenter.