Explore the Best Urban Trails in the Country

first_imgEvent Information About Blue Sky Fund Blue Sky Fund leads school-based, after-school, weekend, and summer programs. Elementary school students can explore the great outdoors through the Explorers program, which helps students engage in their core science requirements through hands-on, field trip experiences in nature. Outdoor Adventure Clubs for middle school students builds character as students are immersed in outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and camping. Through the organization’s Outdoor Leadership Institute, a diverse set of high school students bond together to meet the challenges of a week-long wilderness trip and year-round community service opportunities as a team. Think back to your last outdoor adventure, and the mind-blowing wonder you experienced in exploring a new environment. Many young people growing up in Richmond’s public housing neighborhoods have not ever experienced the magic of the James River, though they live just a mile or two away. We believe that the outdoors should be a part of every child’s life. By participating in the 2019 Dominion Energy Hike For Kids, you have the power to help connect thousands of inner city kids with the transformational power of nature. As you challenge yourself to a 3-, 8- or 14-mile loop around the river, know that with each step you’re paying it forward. In true peak-bagging fashion, toast the end of your hike with an exclusive Väsen Brewing Company brew that kicks back proceeds to getting Blue Sky Fund kids outside. The Dominion Energy Hike For Kids is made possible by community sponsors, including  Dominion Energy, Capital One, Genworth Financial, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, One Digital, Outdoor Access, Riverside Outfitters, and Väsen Brewing Company. Register for eventCheck out trail maps:3.6 Mile Family Hike8.3 Mile Hike14.2 Mile HikeDonate to eventcenter_img Blue Sky Fund makes it possible for kids living in Richmond’s high poverty neighborhoods to experience the joys of our natural world. With both in-school and after-school programming starting in elementary school all the way through high school, Blue Sky Fund provides transformative experiences in nature to over 3,000 students each year. All of the proceeds from the Dominion Energy Hike For Kids directly supports this outdoor education programming for Richmond’s urban youth. © Photography Bridget Williams Calling all outdoor lovers, adventure seekers, and do-gooders! What if your outdoor adventures could also make a BIG impact on a kid’s life? We know you love to hit the open road in search of your next epic adventure to enjoy all that the Great Outdoors has to offer. What if we told you that some of the best trails can be found right in your own backyard? On October 26th, hundreds of hikers will join forces with Blue Sky Fund for their annual Hike For Kids event in the heart of downtown Richmond, Virginia, to discover the beauty of the James River Park System while supporting inner city kids accessing and learning in the outdoors. Within steps of the concrete jungle of downtown, hikers will be treated to scenes of River City’s natural heartbeat: rushing whitewater rapids, winding wooden trails, and ospreys flying overhead.last_img read more

Area Boys & Girls Basketball Scores (12-19)

first_imgArea Boys & Girls Basketball ScoresTuesday  (12-19)Boys ScoresBatesville  50     Union County  42Batesville JV Won 59-39East Central  48     Jennings County  43Lawrenceburg  55     Taylor  50Connersville  40     Greenfield central  25Morristown  60     SW Shelby  41Girls ScoresColumbus East  60     Batesville  39CE JV Won 31-22East Central C-Team defeated Batesville 42-31Rushville  62     North Decatur  31Connersville  40     Greenfield Central  35Waldron  51     Shelbyville  31last_img read more

AGAINST THE WIND: SU overcomes weather to get win in historic season opener aboard USS Midway

first_imgABOARD USS MIDWAY, SAN DIEGO, Calif. — On a cloudless day with seasonably warm temperatures rolling through San Diego Harbor, the Battle on the Midway presented contrasting images both gorgeous and grotesque.The setting — a court and grandstands erected on the flight deck of the USS Midway — was stunning, as 5,119 fans packed the bleachers and created a raucous environment for the year’s only successful game aboard an aircraft carrier out of three attempts.The game — a sloppy, disjointed 62-49 victory for ninth-ranked Syracuse (1-0) over No. 20 San Diego State (0-1) — was painful, as the breezes intensified throughout the game and both teams struggled to shoot, pass or put forth any semblance of attractive basketball. But such is the product of an indoor sport moved outside, into the elements and out of the gymnasium, some 200 feet above the ground with no guarantee of cooperation from Mother Nature.“I’m proud of these guys because this was a tough day,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “This was a hard game to get to the basket. And C.J. Fair, Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche got to the basket and made some hard plays, very hard plays. That was the only way you were going to score. You weren’t going to make any jump shots.”The proof is in the shot chart, which shows just one made 3-pointer in 18 attempts by San Diego State. And the proof lies at the free-throw line, where San Diego State missed 19 times and shot a lowly 42.4 percent for the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse countered by scoring 55 of its 62 points in the paint or at the free-throw line. Triche and Carter-Williams combined for 32 points in the game, none of which were jump shots. The team attempted only four 3-pointers in total and none in the second half.In this game with this wind — the breezes picked up significantly after halftime — Boeheim’s 2-3 zone baited the Aztecs into futile long-range shots and turned aside 10 others from inside the arc. Sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas blocked five shots alone and altered perhaps twice that. By game’s end, Syracuse held a 44-30 advantage in points in the paint.“I don’t know how good Syracuse is or how good they’re going to be, but I know one thing,” San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher said. “They’re not going to get any shorter. And they gave us fits with 10 blocked shots and at least that many that they altered and came flying on any number of what looked like were going to be easy ones that rolled off and didn’t go in for us.”The Aztecs began the game shooting at the more open end of the court, which lacked the additional wind protection provided by the USS Midway’s control tower. The result was 10 missed free throws in the team’s first 13 attempts and zero 3-pointers made.Syracuse took full advantage and surged to a 17-4 lead less than nine minutes into the game. Fair, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, connected on his team’s only three successful jump shots from outside the paint during this stretch, including a 3-pointer from the left wing.After that, it was layup or bust.“It’s kind of ironic,” Boeheim said. “C.J. made a jumper and 3 to start the game. And those were the only two jump shots we made the entire game. We made those early and got that cushion.”It saddled San Diego State with the task of climbing back from a 14-point halftime deficit while battling both Syracuse and the stiff breeze. The Aztecs shot — flung might be a better word — 14 3-pointers in the second half, connecting only once. The one successful 3 was a line drive by James Rahon that rattled home, its trajectory bereft of arc.As it became clear that the game was out of reach by the midway point of the second half, a “Let’s go Orange!” chant erupted from a crowd in which roughly 40 percent of spectators wore that color. The environment was tremendous, the spectacle unparalleled and the decision to move the game from Friday to Sunday turned out to be the proper one on a breathtaking afternoon in San Diego.There were no regrets for either team — merely lasting memories.“I’m happy we were here, I’m proud that we’re here, I’m proud to be on the Midway,” Boeheim said. “It’s a great story, and the fans were great. It was a great event.”The game felt more like a schoolyard romp than a top-20 matchup. And quality basketball was exchanged for picturesque views. But for one day and for one game and in one unforgettable setting, Sunday’s trade seemed more than fair.“It was very exciting,” Triche said. “It brings you back to your younger days when you don’t care so much about the way you play; you’re just out there playing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse opens season with 62-49 win over San Diego State on USS Midwaycenter_img Published on November 12, 2012 at 3:03 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more