The Center for Sport Leadership proudly presented Lobs & Lessons with a $1,000 check on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 after raising money for the program through Kickin’ 4 Kidz. The Kickin’ 4 Kidz event, held on April 8, 2009, hosted more than two hundred children for a fun-filled day of soccer and other festivities at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Virginia. 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 consisting of entertainment activities including inflatables, face painting, and music and dancing from Radio Disney.
Through community donations, the Center for Sport Leadership raised funds to donate to the Lobs & Lessons program. Lobs & Lessons was started as a SportsCenter student project in 2004 and now operates under VCU’s Office of Community Engagement. Lobs & Lessons promotes education and life skills for elementary school-aged, economically disadvantaged children through the combination of mentoring, tutoring and tennis. Center for Sport Leadership students provide more than 2,000 service hours each school year by working with Lobs & Lessons and other community service groups.
Hunter Leemon (Center for Sport Leadership student, class of 2009) and Carrie LeCrom (Assistant Director, Center for Sport Leadership) presented the check to Kathleen Bowles (director of Lobs & Lessons), and Elizabeth Frazier and Michael Frazier (CEO, Genworth Financial and program sponsor of Lobs & Lessons). “The Center for Sport Leadership is thrilled to make this donation to Lobs & Lessons and to continue to support the program by providing mentors,” said LeCrom. “Our graduate students treasure their time with the Lobs & Lessons children while at the same time developing a servant leadership base that they can build on throughout their lives. The strong relationship between the Center for Sport Leadership and Lobs & Lessons is one that has brought both programs much success and we look forward to continuing this in the future.”