Richmond, VA (April 8, 2009) – The VCU SportsCenter hosted more than two hundred children for Kickin’ 4 Kidz, a community soccer festival held on April 8th at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond. The children, from nine Richmond-area community centers including the Downtown YMCA, Peter Paul Development Center, Greater Richmond YMCA, Police Athletic League, Southside Boys and Girls Club, Southwood Boys and Girls Club, Capital One Boys and Girls Club, Central Boys and Girls Club, and West End Boys and Girls Club, participated in a morning of soccer skills instruction followed by an afternoon of soccer games. The soccer festivities were accompanied by a carnival-like festival of entertainment activities including inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, and music and dancing from Radio Disney. Olympic Gold Medalist and VCU women’s soccer coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak came out to meet the children and provided them with an opportunity to hold her Olympic medals.
Dr. Nathan Tomasini, Director of the SportsCenter, said, “We had high hopes for this event, but I must say that our expectations were exceeded. The students did a tremendous job putting this event together and it really showed in how smoothly the event ran. But most importantly, the kids had a great time, and that was the purpose for the whole event.”
Individuals and businesses in the Richmond community, through over $19,000 in cash and other donations supported Richmond’s inner-city children through Kickin’ 4 Kidz and Lobs & Lessons, a VCU program that works with at-risk children in the greater Richmond area.
Kickin’ 4 Kidz was created by thirty graduate students as a learning opportunity to better understand the sport and event planning industry. SportsCenter student Ashley Bolton understands the value of the event for her education. “Kickin’ 4 Kidz provided hands on experience into event planning and management that will prove valuable to me as I look to build my career.” Hunter Leemon added “the event was really fun, not just for the kids but for the SportsCenter students as well. Both groups benefited from this opportunity.”
The VCU SportsCenter would like to thank all of the participants, volunteers, and sponsors that allowed this event to take place. Without all of their help and support this event would not have been possible. Sponsors included: Chill Water, Chick-Fil-A, SCOR, Carpool, Strictly Soccer, McDonald’s, Science Museum of Virginia, Harris Teeter, CJW Medical Center, Richmond Strikers, and VCU Athletics. Their efforts in this event support the youth of the Richmond Community.
Kickin’ 4 Kids By The Numbers…
30 Graduate Students
9 City of Richmond Community Centers
39 Soccer Balls
More than $19,000 of contributions to Kickin’ 4 Kidz and Lobs & Lessons
1 Great Event!