Road To The Games


Fairfax 2015 Announces Launch of Proud Host Program

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b2ap3_thumbnail_newsletter-0914-proudhost.jpgFairfax 2015 has announced the official launch of their Proud Host Program, a platform designed to engage the entire area business community in support of next summer’s World Police & Fire Games. Targeted toward community businesses, associations and organizations looking to support the work of our First Responders, the Proud Host opportunity delivers a true participatory program that offers various levels of benefits and engagement with the Games and our hero athletes.

“Community Champions come in all shapes and sizes and this program opens the doors for all who wish to participate in the Games and honor our heroes both locally and from around the world.” said Bill Knight, Fairfax 2015 President and CEO.

“The Proud host program truly is an all-inclusive community initiative as it offers various levels of commitment - for organizations of all sizes as well as individual contributors,” said Lisa Huffman, Director of Corporate Development.  “We’ve designed these packages to be highly attractive to a broad constituency; essentially offering ‘something for everyone.’”

The Proud Host initiative is a companion to the World Police and Fire Games Official Partner Program which is aimed at companies seeking maximum visibility and full integration into the lead up and launch of the Games.  Official Partners will have full access to the expansive and loyal First Responder market through unique and engaging ownership opportunities.

“There are many ways for the public to get involved with next summer’s competition said Mike O’Brien, Fairfax 2015 Vice President of Corporate Development.  “Our objective is to offer organizations the best possible platform to achieve their business or organizational goals.”

For information on the Proud Host Program, please contact Lisa Huffman at or call 703-324-2477.

For information on the Official Partner Program, please contact Mike O’Brien at or call 703-324-2480.

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VOLUNTEER Search Now Underway for Next Summer’s WPFG

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b2ap3_thumbnail_newsletter-0914-volunteers.jpgYou might think that 12,000 police officers and firefighters all gathered in one place would be enough to handle any potential situation that might arise; but when the World Police & Fire Games comes to Fairfax County next summer, that number will fall short by about three or four thousand.  

What could possibly be needed over and above that throng?

The answer is: VOLUNTEERS.

When the 2015 World Police & Fire Games turns Northern Virginia into the largest athletic playground the area has ever seen, a virtual army of VOLUNTEERS will be necessary to ensure that the 61 different individual, team and tactical events spread across 53 venues in ten days will come off without a hitch.  To facilitate that need, Fairfax 2015, the non-profit organization established to manage the Games, has formally launched its VOLUNTEER drive with an eye toward that lofty objective.  

“Our VOLUNTEERS will be the backbone, heart and soul of our event, both during the Games next summer and over the course of the next 10 months leading up to the Games,” said Kim Palmese, Director, Workforce for Fairfax 2015.  “We will look to these individuals for dozens of roles and functions … everything from welcoming visitors, transporting athletes and assisting our sports coordinators at each competition venue to helping behind the scenes with technology, medical, protocol, communication, marketing, even the posting and dissemination of competition results.”

The rewards, Palmese says, will surely transcend the time devoted.  “The World Police & Fire Games offers our VOLUNTEERS the opportunity to inspire, celebrate and honor those public safety officials who give so much to us every day of the year,” she said.  “This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a major role in one of the largest, multi-sport, multi-venue events the world has ever seen.”

According to Palmese, VOLUNTEER opportunities are available immediately.  While college and university interns are already contributing their time, talents and capabilities for real-world experience and school credits, supporting needs are very much prevalent throughout every division within the Fairfax 2015 corporate office.  Additionally, Fairfax 2015 will create their own series of proprietary promotional events and participate in a series of external, existing events, virtually all of which require VOLUNTEER support.

“Words cannot express the gratitude that we have for our public safety officials, but actions can,” Palmese said. “As such, we encourage all area residents to VOLUNTEER and support the public safety officials who have dedicated their lives to serving us and our community.”

To VOLUNTEER, please contact Kim Palmese at or visit

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Athlete Registration Begins October 1st

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b2ap3_thumbnail_newsletter-0914.jpgThe vigil began as far back as August 10, 2013 during the closing ceremonies of the 2013 World Police & 

Fire Games in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

With the 2015 Games already awarded to Fairfax County, the anticipation grew with each passing day. The question we heard most frequently was predictable: “When can we sign up?”

In a few short days that wait will be over.

On Wednesday, October 1, individual and team registration will officially open for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, set to unfold in Fairfax County and the National Capital Region from June 26 through July 5. With 61 sports to be contested at 53 venues across ten days next summer, athletes and police and fire officials will soon be able to stake their claim to a guaranteed slot within the competition. “Athlete registration is a critical milestone as this activity truly kickstarts the momentum for the Games,” said Fairfax 2015 Vice President of Venues & Competition DJ Mackovets. “The buzz and the chatter on social media and the Fairfax 2015 website have been enormous. We know that the moment registration opens, the action will be furious. We fully expect several sports to ‘sell-out’ in a matter of weeks.”

The urgency, Mackovets says, is legitimate. As the potential competitive field for several of the sports can be limited by venue size and available dates, once a field is filled, it’s filled. “Obviously, events such as cross country, swimming, half-marathon and several of the cycling sports could accommodate an unlimited number of participants, you can only fit so many flag football, softball, volleyball and soccer teams into a venue and only field a limited number of weightlifters, wrist wrestlers and martial artists,” he said. And once a competition field is filled, well, “you can’t squeeze a round peg into a square hole,” Mackovets says.

Once open, registration will take place exclusively online through the competition website – Each event will carry its own pricing structure with rules, regulations and
tournament formats clearly defined and also available online. There is no pre-qualification necessary, no preliminary tournaments nor feeder events, and the Games are structured so as to provide a
competitive balance for teams and individuals across all sports, with divisions specifically for beginners, intermediate and advanced participants.

“We strongly advise and encourage all interested parties to read and review the rules, regulations and requirements of each sport thoroughly, well in advance of registration opening,” Mackovets says. “This way, they can pull the trigger quickly when the site goes live.”

For additional information, or to register (after October 1), visit

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Fairfax 2015 Celebrates a Milestone with a Sports Extravaganza

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b2ap3_thumbnail_R0619-220_t670.jpgJoin us Sunday, July 13th from 12pm until 6pm at the Reston Town Center for the WPFG Sports Extravaganza – a community event introducing the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games.

The WPFG Sports Extravaganza will be action-packed from start to finish, offering live demonstrations including: Honor Guard, Muster Carts, K9, Police Motors, Lawfit, Tug of War, Darts, Martial Arts and Submission Grappling. These demonstrations are part of the 2015 WPFG competitions, hosted by Fairfax County and throughout the National Capital Region.

Ideal for the entire family, an interactive kid’s zone will feature face painting, a visit from our friendly clown Emmie and a junior ultimate fire fighter course. There will be Fire Engines, Police and Sheriff Cruisers available for children to explore. Plus, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office will be onsite making child ID cards!

A local DJ will perform with guest appearances throughout the day, so bring the whole family and enjoy a day filled with sports, music, and fun!

For more information please email us

From I-495
Take the Dulles Toll Road (Exit 45, Rt. 267 west) to Reston Parkway (Exit 12). Turn right on Reston Parkway then left on New Dominion Parkway (4th light). 

From Washington D.C. 
Take I-66 west to Exit 67. Merge right onto Rt. 267, Dulles Toll Road/Dulles Access Road. When the road splits, stay in the right-hand lanes. Follow Rt. 267, Dulles Toll Road to Reston Parkway (Exit 12). Proceed as described above.

From Dulles Airport/Eastern Loudoun County
Take Rt. 267, Dulles Greenway/Dulles Toll Road to Reston Parkway (Exit 12) and turn left on Reston Parkway. Turn left on New Dominion Parkway (4th light).

Reston Town Center provides ample parking, with over 7000 spaces, available in six garages and one surface lot. 

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Enter The Fairfax 2015 WPFG Dodgeball Exhibition Tournament at IAFC Fire Rescue International

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b2ap3_thumbnail_48c3a19cea61caa8e48a6f04.jpgEnter the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games Exhibition Dodgeball Tournament at the IAFC Fire Rescue International Conference on Friday, August 15 from 12pm - 5pm. This amazing sports event is only open to the first 8 teams that register! We will have t-shirts for all athletes and great prizes for the winners. Please feel free to wear team dodgeball costumes for additional prizes!

The IAFC Fire Rescue International 2014 will be held  at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas this August 13 - 16, 2014. Conference information can be found at

Game play will be similar to the rules in the World Police & Fire Games. Limited to the first 8 registered teams. Double elimination tournament with each match consisting of 3, 5 minute games. We will play 6 vs 6 on the field with up to 10 roster positions. The registration fee is only $50 per team.

To get confirmed early registration, please fill out the quick form below and we will be in contact with you to complete the process.



Team Name 
Team Captain 
Number of Players 
Email Address 
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