Richmond, VA – For five days this March, the Siegel Center was home to the finest Virginia has to offer in high school basketball. The VHSL boys and girls State Championships were under way, with tens of thousands of fans filing through the doors of VCU’s flagship athletic facility to watch 30 games in five days. Ten championships were ultimately awarded to schools large and small from across the Commonwealth.
Four students from the CSL were involved with certain aspects of the tournament as part of their project for the SEED class. Prior to the event, the group worked to develop a parking plan for fans attending the tournament. A map was distributed to competing schools during media day and was posted on the VHSL website so that fans new to Richmond and VCU would have a useable guide to enhance their game-day experience. During the tournament, the group was involved with game operations, which included coordinating bands and cheerleaders, playing music during timeouts and intermissions, and developing half-time entertainment for fans.
The half-time entertainment included a variety of events, such as “Knock-Out”, musical chairs, a three-point shoot out, and a free throw contest, which involved students from the competing schools. One half-time featured a full court race for a layup between the Brunswick High School “Bulldog” and a Cave Spring High School cheerleader. However, there was one event in particular, that truly captivated the fans in attendance. The “Kids Dance-Off” featured four or five children, under the age of seven, dancing for 15 seconds to a popular song. Fans enjoyed this immensely, as judged by their levels of laughter and applause.
The 2010 VHSL basketball championships were once again a tremendous success at the Siegel Center on the campus of VCU. From energized crowds to last second heroics, it was an exciting week of basketball. For the CSL students, it offered a valuable learning opportunity for planning and coordinating a major sporting event that extended beyond the traditional classroom setting. And, maybe most importantly, they learned that everyone loves to see little kids dance!
By: Trey Eggleston, CSL Class of 2010