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CSL Daily

June 30, 2015

Hat Tip Tuesday

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On Tuesdays, we offer a “tip of the hat” to current students and alumni who have been hired, promoted, recognized for outstanding achievement or embarked on new opportunities. 

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Kelsey Crawford (’14) has been hired as Assistant Ticket Manager at University of Cincinnati. Previously, Kelsey worked as the Ticket Sales & Operations Intern at the University of Oregon.

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Anita Puerto (’14) has been promoted to Director of Academic Support for Western Carolina Athletics. For the past year, Anita has been a Student-Athlete Academic Support Assistant at WCU.

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Howard “Spotty” Robins (’14) has been hired as the assistant director of admissions and head lacrosse coach at Woodberry Forest School. Previously, Spotty was the events & youth sports coordinator at The Collegiate School in Richmond.

 

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Carolyn Riley (’09) has been hired as assistant women’s basketball coach at Mount St. Mary’s University. Previously, Carolyn was an assistant coach at Georgia Southern for two years and worked three years with the VCU women’s basketball program as a graduate assistant and director of basketball operations.

June 29, 2015

Dr. LeCrom Talks Leadership with Top Youth Golfers

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CSL executive director Dr. Carrie LeCrom addressed 32 of the best youth golfers in the country last Friday.  The golfers were participating in The First Tee National Par 3 Championship at The Kanahwa Club in Goochland County, just outside of Richmond.

The mission of The First Tee is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Through the growing partnership between The Center for Sport Leadership at VCU and The First Tee Richmond Chesterfield, Dr. LeCrom was asked to talk with the students about the keys to being a good leader.  CSL communication manager Greg Burton also spoke about good social media habits, which including a #CSLfie (below).

The CSL & The First Tee recently collaborated on “Champions Day”, a free event to introduce elementary school age kids to golf and The First Tee curriculum.

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June 29, 2015

Project PUSH- Can Sport Change the World?

As part of Project PUSH, we conducted on-camera interviews with each of the 14 coaches who came to Richmond from South Africa. This is Abongile Oscar Qasana, known as “Bongi”. We asked him if he believes sport, and specifically soccer, can changed the world. His answer was truly heartfelt and inspiring.

Project PUSH, a partnership between the Center for Sport Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Strikers Soccer Club, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, Ragball International, and Grassroots Soccer, is a two-way cultural exchange funded under the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ International Sports Programming Initiative. This two-week program is aimed at creating social change using the power of sport.

June 29, 2015

Project PUSH- Something Happened

 

DSC_0802Fourteen youth soccer coaches from South Africa are in Richmond, participating in Project PUSH, a partnership between the VCU Center for Sport Leadership, Richmond Strikers Soccer Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, Ragball International, and Grassroots Soccer. This two week program is a two-way cultural exchange funded under the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ International Sports Programming Initiative. Its goal is to harness the power of sport to generate social change.

One of the most asked question over the past two weeks was, “What does PUSH stand for?” The answer is “Play Until Something Happens.”  Dr. LeCrom came up with the name, adapting a popular spiritual phrase: pray until something happens.

With the coaches back home in South Africa and the CSL back to normal, it’s hard not to reflect on how Project PUSH impacted everyone involved.  We won’t know the full extent for quite some time but it’s clear “something happened”.  Our eyes and minds were opened to new thoughts and experiences. Our cultural and social awareness was heightened. Our desire to empower & collaborate was validated and intensified.

We’ll have a better idea how much progress has been made when all of the participants and partners connected to Project PUSH will reunite in South Africa in January. Until then, here are some pictures of the coaches departure last Friday morning

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June 26, 2015

Project PUSH- Farewell

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Fourteen youth soccer coaches from South Africa are in Richmond, participating in Project PUSH, a partnership between the VCU Center for Sport Leadership, Richmond Strikers Soccer Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, Ragball International, and Grassroots Soccer. This two week program is a two-way cultural exchange funded under the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ International Sports Programming Initiative. Its goal is to harness the power of sport to generate social change.

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Our guests from South Africa boarded a bus for Washington D.C. Friday morning to begin their trip back home. There were smiles, hugs, tears and laughs shared with everyone involved with Project PUSH. Check out the video below for a recap of this two-week journey that changed many lives and proved what Nelson Mandela first said, “Sport has the power to change the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 25, 2015

Project PUSH-Boys & Girls Club Visit

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Fourteen youth soccer coaches from South Africa are in Richmond, participating in Project PUSH, a partnership between the VCU Center for Sport Leadership, Richmond Strikers Soccer Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, Ragball International, and Grassroots Soccer. This two week program is a two-way cultural exchange funded under the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ International Sports Programming Initiative. Its goal is to harness the power of sport to generate social change.

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The Boys & Girls Club of South Africa is one of the official partners of Project PUSH. Three members of the traveling party work for a club in Soweto: Boitumelo Chriysanthemum Ramasodi, Baanetse Gordon Mokwanyane, & Lebohang Alfred Mokoena. Thursday, they visted the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, which has been serving Church Hill and the East End of Richmond for more than 60 years. Tumi, BNS & Lebo were able to tour the facility and met with the club’s staff, including club director Hugh Jones.

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