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Richardson to Speak at Virginia Commonwealth Games

June 24, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Head Softball Coach Dot Richardson will serve as the Olympic Speaker for the 2015 Subway Commonwealth Games of Virginia.

Liberty Head Softball Coach Dot Richardson will serve as the Olympic Speaker for the 2015 Subway Commonwealth Games of Virginia.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Liberty Head Softball Coach Dot Richardson has been selected as this year's Olympic Speaker at the 26th Annual Subway Commonwealth Games of Virginia.

Richardson, who recently completed her second year as the Lady Flames' head coach, will speak at the opening ceremonies, held at 4 p.m. on July 17 at Lewis Gale Field, home of the Salem Red Sox, in Salem, Va.

"I am honored to have been selected as Olympic Speaker at the Commonwealth Games," Richardson said. "This event represents the highest level of competition in the state and has been known as the ‘Olympics of Virginia.' I am excited for the opportunity to share my Olympic experiences and watch the best in the Commonwealth of Virginia compete and live out their dreams."

A legend in softball, Richardson helped Team USA win gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2000 Sydney Olympics. Among many highlights in her playing career, she hit the game-winning home run in the 1996 Olympic gold medal game.

The Subway Commonwealth Games of Virginia is considered Virginia's Olympic Games. Held throughout the summer at various sites throughout Virginia, the Commonwealth Games feature over 60 individual and team sports. Nearly 10,000 participants are expected to compete in this year's games.

The Main Games Weekend, which will take place July 17-19, includes archery, basketball, badminton, all-star baseball, billiards, fitness competition, foot golf, 5K run, shooting, youth softball and track & field, among other events.

With its tagline of "Inspiring wellness & competition," the Subway Commonwealth Games of Virginia represent the true spirit of amateur athletics. For some, this celebration of sport is a stepping stone for following the dream of representing the United States in the Olympic Games. For others, the Games are a place to compete in a favorite pastime. Regardless of the age or skill of the athlete, the Subway Games provide the pure pleasure of competing for the love of sport.

The Subway Commonwealth Games are more than sports events; they go much deeper. The Games teach values such as teamwork and good sportsmanship, which are important components of everyday life. The Games encourage athletes to develop and improve their physical talent and competitive abilities. Lastly, the ideals of the Games promote physical fitness and encourage Virginians to adopt a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise.

More than 4,400 athletes competed in 29 sports in the first Games. More recently, in 2014, the Games hosted nearly 9,950 athletes competing in 55+ individual and team sports, used over 80 sporting venues and worked with more than 1,200 volunteers.