On July 17, 18 and 19, the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU celebrated its 10-Year Anniversary in Virginia Beach. The weekend kicked off with an alumni golf tournament at the Signature at Westneck. The team of John Vellines (Class of 2008), Hunter Leemon (Class of 2009) and Mike Allshouse (Class of 2010) won the innaugural tournament, and collected on VCU vs. ODU tickets and other prizes and gear. John’s knee high black socks won the non-fashion award for the tournament (see photo).
Later that evening the opening reception was held at Sharx, a local bar and grill, located one block from the strip, and adjacent to the coast. Approximately 50 alumni and friends attended, and enjoyed great food, pool, shuffleboard, and a mean game of corn hole. The faculty and staff were introduced and got a chance to meet and talk with alumni. “This was a great way to start the weekend. Hanging out with friends, enjoying food, and forming new networking opportunities” stated Brian Biggio (Class of 2008). After the social ended at 10 pm, the majority of the group headed across the street to Luna Sea, where games of corn hole continued on until 2 am. It was rumored that a few alumni took a dip in the ocean after closing time.
Saturday, after hanging out on the beach and bodysurfing all day, the group traveled to Norfolk to watch the Tides (Orioles) v. Charlotte Knights (White Sox). The Center for Sport Leadership rented the left field picnic area where everyone enjoyed all-u-can eat hot dogs, burgers, and potato salad. Check out this link to watch Brendan Dwyer, our newest faculty member, and Justin Januzzi (Class of 2007) attempting to dive and catch home run balls during the game. Both of them made valiant efforts, only to have the balls pop out of their hands at the last moment.
The Center for Sport Leadership would like to thank all that attended the event. It truly was a lot of fun, and it was great to get to know alumni outside of the academic and professional setting. We look forward to hosting more of these types of events, and hope we can build on this success. Thanks again and have a great rest of summer.