Monday, July 29, 2013

Youth Basketball Championship Games to be Held at Richmond Coliseum

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will hold its CarMax Summer Basketball League championship games on Wednesday, July 31, at the Richmond Coliseum. This is the first year the championship games will be played in the Richmond Coliseum. In previous years, the games have been held on the courts of the department’s Pine Camp Arts and Community Center on Richmond’s Northside.
      The league, funded with an $85,000 grant from The CarMax Foundation this year, gives hundreds of city children, ages 10 to 17, the opportunity to play organized basketball throughout the summer.
      The final championship games at the Coliseum will be free for the public to attend. Four youth divisions will play as follows:
  • U-17 for boys age 17 and younger at 5:30 p.m.
  • U-15 for girls age 15 and younger at 6:30 p.m.
  • U-12 for boys age 12 and younger at 7:45 p.m.
  • U-14 for boys age 14 and younger at 8:45 p.m.
     A brief ceremony will be held following the U-15 game to recognize The CarMax Foundation, media sponsor 106.5 The Beat, and others involved in the league. Lane Casadonte, WTVR Channel 6 sports anchor, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the program.
      Since 2007, CarMax has given more than $655,000 to restore and expand the department’s basketball courts at Pine Camp, renovate a building on the site for use as a concession facility, and expand league play to include more youth and a wheelchair league.