RICHMOND, Va. (Dec. 20, 2022) – The inaugural River City Collegiate Classic presented by Truist is among the three nominees for the RVA Sports Awards’ “Rebkee Moment of the Year,” it was announced on Friday. The “Moment of the Year” award is given to the participants in a moment in the past year that energized Richmond sports fans, displayed remarkable athletic skill, or demonstrated incredible sportsmanship.
The RVA Sports Awards recognize those athletes and leaders who have made a major impact on their community through sports. The second annual RVA Sports Awards show will air live from Altria Theater on Saturday, Feb. 4. The community can vote on the RVA Sports Awards – through Sunday, Jan. 15.
“We were thrilled to enter into the partnership with First Tee – Greater Richmond to create the River City Collegiate Classic as we continue our efforts to bring more diversity and accessibility to the game of golf,” said Steve Schoenfeld, Executive Director of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. “The fact that the launch of the RCCC is a finalist for the RVA Sports Awards is unexpected, but certainly exciting!”
The inaugural River City Collegiate Classic was a partnership between First Tee – Greater Richmond, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic and The Country Club of Virginia, with seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) competing at both CCV’s James River Course and the renovated and reimagined Belmont Golf Course.
Virginia Union took the inaugural team championship, led by individual medalist Alkin Barkley. VUU head coach Lee Coble described the three days as a “breakthrough event for collegiate golf.”
“Thanks to the staffs at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, the Country Club of Virginia, Virginia Union and First Tee – Greater Richmond for their efforts to make this event possible,” said Kelly Brown, First Tee – Greater Richmond’s Vice President of Impact. “For our First Tee participants to get to play alongside these first-class student-athletes during the Am-Am furthers our vision to strengthen the character of our community.”
In addition to the two days of competition, the event also included the Harris Williams Am-Am at Belmont, where two amateurs from the Richmond business community were paired with one of the collegiate student-athletes and a junior golfer from First Tee – Greater Richmond.
Additional information on the RVA Sports Awards is available here.