On Saturday, February 6th, a group of special fans cheered on the Virginia Tech Men’s basketball team in Cassell Coliseum. One hundred and fifty youth and their chaperones participated in the annual United Way Kid’s Day event. 2016 marked the 13th year for the event, which has nearly doubled in size in recent years.
Kids were treated to the “VIP” experience as the Hokies played Clemson. In addition to free admission to the game, each guest received vouchers for a hot dog, popcorn, a soda, and a milkshake. They also received a special t‐shirt to commemorate the day, and a post‐game picture with the Hokie Bird.
Participating agencies included; Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts (VA Skyline Council), Intellectual Disabilities Agency, New River Family Shelter, and Elves United.
One special part of this year’s event was the presence of longtime United Way supporter, Kid’s Day creator, and former voice of the Hokies, Bill Roth. Roth flew across the country from his new home at the University of California, Los Angeles to take part in the event. Behind the scenes, Roth was still a driving force to ensure the event he had created in 2003 would continue after he left. Virginia Tech athletics was pleased to continue their support of this longtime tradition.
At the conclusion of Kid’s Day, the United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd staff presented Bill Roth with a plaque to commemorate his 13 years of inspiration and commitment to local children. “This event has grown to be such an inspiring moment for many children who have never set foot on Virginia Tech’s campus. We are happy to coordinate this event and be able to celebrate 13 successful years." said United Way Executive Director Kymn Davidson-Hamley. "We are grateful for Virginia Tech athletics and Bill Roth for their work to make this event possible. It is truly a wonderful community collaboration.”