SEED Events Embrace Service Learning, Community Engagement
Combining the Center for Sport Leadership belief in service learning and VCU’s commitment to community engagement, our 2017 SEED (Sport and Entertainment Event Development) events achieved a significant impact.
Thanks to the hard work of our graduate students, this year’s five SEED events raised just shy of $5,000 for local non-profits organizations, served more than 650 youth in the Richmond area and totaled more than 750 hours of community service.
“I am so proud of our students,” said Dr. Carrie LeCrom, executive director of the Center for Sport Leadership. “They have been working hard for months on these events and their effort and dedication has paid off.”
The purpose of SEED is to empower the students to plan and execute a community based sporting event. Working in groups of seven, the students are responsible for operations, logistics, sponsorships, and marketing. Each group is advised by a faculty or staff member, but the students are the decision makers.
Each groups works with a non-profit partners= to develop the theme and purpose of the event.
- Day of Play
The inaugural Day of Play was held on Saturday, March 25. The idea for this event came out of a social action project created by a previous CSL graduate students who wanted to improve the relationship between police and inner city youth. Partnering with the Richmond Police Department, the event featured a series of stations and activities where kids could participate and compete against police officers. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Richmond Police Athletic League.
- International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
This first time event was scheduled for April 6, the day organizations around the world would be celebrating. Unfortunately, a tornado warning forced our students to postpone and re-schedule for April 17. Partnering with the YMCA of Greater Richmond and their after-school program at Woodville Elementary School, our students used soccer drills and exercise to teach children about sportsmanship, respect, teamwork and listening.
- Junior Masters at The First Tee
Working with our friends at The First Tee of Greater Richmond, our students planned this golf themed event for kids out of school during spring break. Stations incorporated the First Tee’s 9 core values, using different golf drills and games to illustrate the principle.
- VCU Paralympic Experience Day
Embracing Sportable’s mission of adaptive sports, this event, held on Friday April 14, allowed people of all ages and abilities to experience what adaptive sport & paralympic athletes face. The interactive atmosphere is capped by a wheelchair basketball featuring the VCU men’s and women’s basketball teams against Sportable’s nationally ranked wheelchair basketball team.
- Big Feet Meet
This track & field event, held on Tuesday April 18, is a collaboration with Special Olympics Virginia and address their mission of inclusion and unity. More than 400 students with intellectual disabilities are partnered with classmates from their high school to compete in activities & games.
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