Signature events

Big Feet Meet - Special Olympics Virginia

Special Olympics

The CSL partners with Special Olympics Virginia to coordinate this annual track and field meet for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The participants represent middle schools and high schools from the Richmond Public School system. The event highlights the mission of Special Olympics Virginia: to give the athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


In an effort to raise awareness for adaptive sport athletes, CSL students worked with Sportable to launch a new event in 2018: 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball tournament. This unique event featured Richmond area businesses sponsoring teams, which competed in this March Madness style competition. The event raised money for Sportable’s mission of creating opportunities and transforming lives through adaptive sports. A long time partner of the Center for Sport Leadership, Sportable offers recreational activities to people with physical and visual disabilities.

The First Tee of Greater Richmond

First Tee of Virginia

Using golf as a platform for youth development, The First Tee of Greater Richmond works with the CSL each Spring to host an event at one of their two local facilities. The First Tee’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With the help of CSL students, kids cycle through nine golf-related stations, learning one of The First Tee’s core values with each activity.

Richmond Police Department

This annual event was inspired by a Sociology class assignment where CSL students were asked to come up with a social action project. The Day of Play brings together officers from the Richmond Police Department and members of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond using sport as a vehicle to create social change. Through a variety of sports and recreational activities, youth from Richmond’s underserved East End community engage with the same law enforcement they see in their neighborhoods in a fun and positive way.