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VCU Hosts VirginiaFIRST Robotics Competitions

By Juliette Delp
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va – Battling Robot’s were the main event at VCU’s Verizon Wireless Center on March 19th and 20th.

VirginiaFIRST combined the best of sporting and technology when they held their annual Robotics Competition with participants from more than 60 Virginia High Schools.

Pattie Cook, the Executive Director of VirginiaFIRST, spoke with VCU Insight during an in-studio interview.

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VCU Basketball Fan Attends Since 1999

By Curt Dozier and Markia Gore
VCU InSight

For Rick Childers the VCU basketball season is more than just fun and games–it’s become a way of life.

Going to places as far away as Cancun, Reno and Oklahoma City, Childers is as much a part of VCU basketball as its mascot, Rodney the Ram. The 52-year-old state police lieutenant keeps a very watchful eye on comparing his work and game schedules.

“I usually get a schedule and I’m making notes and sending my boss e-mails saying I need this day, this day and this day,” Childers said.

For Childers, those days add up to what he calls “the streak.”

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Richmond Welcomes a New Football Team

By Kyle Horan, Alli Atayee and Asia Holt
VCU InSight

This spring Richmond will be formally introduced to their new football team, the Richmond Raiders. The team of over 30 roster hopefuls are pumped and getting ready for their season.

Although their first game isn’t until March 13th, the football team has already broken in their cleats. They won 49 to 45 in an exhibition game against the The AIFA All-stars and they hope their win and their rigorous training will lead them through a successful first season.

“We’re doing as much as we can to keep our team here,” said Jack Bowman, general manager, “We know there have been other teams in the past, but we have high hopes.”

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Better Digs For VCU Baseball

Phil Karstetter and Curt Dozier
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Commonwealth University baseball is preparing for another season of spring excitement, but this year when the Rams take the field things look much different in the stadium.

The Rams will play their home games in The Diamond on the Boulevard for the 25th consecutive season.

“You know when fans come to the ballpark this year, I think it will have that same Diamond look, but a completely different Diamond feel to it,” Rams Assistant Coach Shawn Stiffler said.

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Fantasy Football Explodes In Popularity

By Matt Doyon and Jerome Foster
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–At 27 years old and working as a customer service representative, Robert Orfield doesn’t fit the traditional profile of a football team owner.

He’s one of the more than 27 million fans, according to ESPNRadio.com, who “own” teams through fantasy football.

“I am pretty into it,” said Orfield. “I’ve got like every team up checking their stats as they’re updating during games.”

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Richmond Marathon Runs Through the Heart of VCU

By Ben Schafer
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.– After 32 years the Richmond Marathon is still running strong.

This year’s marathon was held on November 14th and was the largest to date with more than 15,000 participants.  The lowest record for participation was just over 2,000 runners in 1997.

Kenyan runner Jyocel Basweti took the win home for the second year in a row.

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Larry Sanders Talks About VCU Basketball

By Jerome Foster
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — The VCU men’s basketball season ended with a one-point loss to UCLA last season in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Larry Sanders, VCU‘s junior center, says the team is using that loss a motivation as for the upcoming season.

“We’ll get back there and we won’t let it happen again,” said Sanders.

Sanders recently sat down with VCU InSight to talk about this season, the new head coach, and his views on playing basketball.

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