Road To The Games

22
Jun

The Fairfax 2015 FIFA World Cup Viewing Party: USA vs Germany

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b2ap3_thumbnail_fifa2014.jpgFairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games has teamed up with the Breakers Sky Lounge for an afternoon of fun!  Please join us Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 11:30am- 4:00pm and cheer on Team USA for the big game against Germany in the World Cup.  Soccer will be one of the largest competing sports in the 2015 World Police & Fire Games.  This event is open to all so bring your friends and family and enjoy an exciting afternoon filled with good food, drinks, and soccer!  Breakers will have great lunch and beverage specials including $1 domestic bottles and $5 meal specials. The first 50 PUBLIC SAFETY with valid agency ID through the doors get full access to the catered VIP lounge.

Breakers Lounge is located at 2445 Centreville Rd, Herndon, VA 20171

 

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22
Jun

The Fairfax 2015 Mascot Naming Contest!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_news-mascotname.jpgIntroducing the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games Official Mascot! Problem is our new eagle doesn’t have a name and that’s where we need your help!

From now through June 30, we will be accepting recommendations for mascot names, on both here on our website and our Facebook page. The top three (3) finalists will be announced on July 1, both online and during a morning Wasington, D.C. area newscast. We will then open up the final three to an online poll where you will determine the name of your Games mascot. The winning entry will receive a huge Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games prize pack including commemorative tshirts, challenge coins, baseballs, hockey pucks and more. A random drawing will be held for multiple entries using the same winning name.

The winning name will be announced at the WPFG Sports Extravaganza, our one year out celebration! Be the first to learn his name by joining us on July 13 from 12pm – 6pm at Reston Town Center, the home of Athletes Village in 2015. Enjoy a fun-filled day of family-friendly activities, Games demonstrations, special guest appearances and more!

Enter your mascot name suggestion below for your chance to win!

 

Mascot Name 
Email Address 
Phone with Country Code 
Your Name 
    
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23
May

Politicians, Sports Figures and Business Offer Support for World Police & Fire Games

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b2ap3_thumbnail_front-news-mcauliffe.jpgLet the Games Begin! With 400 days to go until 12,000 public safety athletes kick-off the World Police and Fire Games, Fairfax 2015, the organizing committee for the Games, today announced the establishment of its Honorary Board, new funding commitments totaling $5 million from public and private sources, and its ceremonial venues for the Games.

The World Police and Fire Games are coming to the National Capital Region for ten full days of competition beginning June 26, 2015. The courage and competiveness of public safety (police, fire and other first responders) will be on-display at one of the largest multi-sport events in the world. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced he will chair the Games’ Honorary Board. Other prominent national, regional and local leaders from the worlds of politics, business and sports have also joined Fairfax 2015 to serve as members of the organization’s Honorary Board in support of next summer’s World Police and Fire Games. (Full list of Honorary Board attached.)

Fairfax County tourism and hospitality officials project that Games visitors and activities will have a primary economic impact in the range of $60 million to $80 million. The budget to pull-off the massive 60 sport Olympic-style event is estimated at $20 million according to Fairfax 2015 (www.fairfax2015.com).

New funding to support the effort has been secured from seven new official corporate partners and from Fairfax County, who recently approved $2 million in funding for Fairfax 2015 supplementing its prior funding and in-kind contributions. The Governor has also said the Games can count on the Commonwealth of Virginia being “all in”. He has requested funding in this fiscal year budget and has designated Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran to further facilitate state efforts.

At a press conference at Fairfax County Fire Station 42 near Wolf Trap National Park, site of the Closing Ceremonies on July 4-5 weekend next year, a contingent of public officials and business executives committed their time and resources to the Games.

“I am delighted to support our first responders and public safety heroes who have given their service and sometimes their lives to protect us. I will serve as Chairman of these exciting Fairfax 2015 Olympic-style games,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “If there is one thing I have learned supporting law enforcement and fire organizations over my years in public service, it’s that police, sheriffs’ deputies and firemen are immensely competitive. Fairfax 2015 will support the Commonwealth’s tourism industry and economic development. Virginia and the Capital Region is the perfect host. I know Virginia will strongly rally behind these athletes.”

Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, welcomed attendees and said Games visitors are expected from over 70 countries and athletes will compete at 53 venues not only in Fairfax County but across the National Capital Region.. She revealed that Reston Town Center will serve as the Athletes Village, RFK Stadium in Washington DC will be home to the Opening Ceremonies and that nearby Wolf Trap will be an ideal host to the Closing Ceremonies 4th of July Weekend. Delegates from the World Police & Fire Games Federation were in Fairfax last month to tour both ceremonial and competition venues. Competition venues are being secured and will soon be announced.

“We are honored to host the Fairfax 2015 Games,” said Bulova. “I am so proud of our public safety officers,” she added, citing Police Chief Edwin Roessler, Jr., Fire Chief Richard Bowers, Jr. and Sheriff Stacey Kincaid as instrumental in implementing services and lending personnel.

James Corcoran, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, followed Bulova in committing business community support. “We believe these Games will showcase what is best about doing business here in Fairfax County,” said Corcoran. “People know about our highly educated and well-trained workforce, major corporations who have chosen Fairfax for headquarters operations and our technology infrastructure.”

“Today, we are talking about the quality of life in Fairfax County,” he added “We appreciate the Governor’s business acumen as Honorary Chair. I want to stress Fairfax 2015 is also about economic development.”

Fairfax 2015 also unveiled a list of seven corporate sponsors who have committed over $2 million to date. This includes: Keolis, Pierce, SAIC, Scott Safety, Cardinal Bank, Cordia Partners, and Venable. Rockville-based Keolis America operates the Virginia Railway Express. “As a world leader in passenger rail and transit, Keolis understands and appreciates the vital role that first responders play to ensure the safety of our customers and the community in an emergency situation,” said Steve H. Townsend, CEO of Keolis America. “Speaking on behalf of the more than 4,500 Keolis employees in North America, we are pleased and honored to pay tribute to these brave men and women by becoming a major sponsor of the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games.”

“SAIC is excited to sponsor the 2015 World Police and Fire Games,” said Dan Harris, senior vice president of SAIC Federal Civilian Customer Group. “This event is a unique opportunity to celebrate our nation’s first responders and promote camaraderie among all variants of public safety.”

Bill Knight, CEO of Fairfax 2015, who has executive experience with the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, World Cup USA and other major events also spoke at the press event. “We are making great progress in the planning and coordination of the Games which are 400 days from today,” he said. “The days will fly-by, so it is critical that individual citizens and business leaders step-up today, embrace the World Police and Fire Games and help accelerate the momentum we are currently enjoying. Whether joining the effort as a sponsor, a volunteer, a member of our merchant program or simply a fan, these Games will be an amazing experience for this region and our communities.”

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15
May

Governor McAuliffe (VA) to Chair Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Story.jpgFAIRFAX, VA (May 15) – The World Police and Fire Games, Fairfax 2015 (fairfax2015.com), coming to the National Capital Region next June, has formed an honorary board of state political leaders, sports stars and the business community. Governor Terry McAuliffe will serve as chairman. He will address the importance of Virginia winning this bid and hosting the Olympic-style Games at an address on Wednesday, May 21 in Vienna.

“Fairfax 2015 will support the Commonwealth’s tourism industry and generate unique economic development opportunities,” said Jim Corcoran, President and CEO of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. “Fairfax County, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the National Capital Region is the perfect host to welcome 12,000 athletes and our business community welcomes this competition.”

Kevin Reynolds, President of Cardinal Bank, is chairman of the board of directors for Fairfax 2015. “I am so grateful to the Governor for taking-on this leadership role,” said Reynolds. “Now having the support of Fairfax County and our Governor, we are asking Virginia and Washington regional companies to come aboard as sponsors.”

Elected Officials Serving as Honorary Board Members include:

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine

Congressmen Gerry Connolly, James Moran and Frank Wolf

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran

Business Community Honorary Board Members include:

Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University

Jim Corcoran, President & CEO, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

Mike Daniels, Chairman, LMI

Jim Dinegar, President & CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade

James W. Dyke Jr., Senior Advisor, McGuireWoods LLP

John Jumper, Chairman and CEO, Leidos

Bobbie Kilberg, President & CEO, Northern Virginia Technology Council

John C. Lee, CEO, Lee Technologies

Russ Ramsey, Chairman & CEO, Ramsey Asset Management

Cal Ripken, Jr., President and CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc.

Dwight Schar, Founder and Executive Chairman, NVR Inc.

Kent Schneider, President, AFCEA International

Knox Singleton, CEO, Inova Healthcare Systems

Matthew Shank, President, Marymount University

 

The World Police & Fire Games is the largest single participant sporting event in the world, with athletes and public safety professionals coming to Fairfax from 70 countries. More than 12,000 sworn officers from police, fire and public safety departments worldwide will compete in Fairfax County from June 26 through July 5, 2015 in 60 different sports as well as police-and-fire-specific activities across 53 venues.

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09
May

Former Baltimore Oriole Scott McGregor To Appear At Potomac Nationals Games Supporting Fairfax 2015

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b2ap3_thumbnail_mcgregor.jpgFormer Baltimore Oriole Scott McGregor, who pitched the clinching game of the 1983 World Series, will make a personal appearance tomorrow (Saturday) evening at Pfiztner Stadium in Prince William County when the Potomac Nationals take on The Myrtle Beach Pelicans. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. 

A 12-year Major Leaguer who spent his entire career with the Orioles, McGregor was a 20-game winner in 1980, an American League All-Star in 1981, and was generally recognized as one of the greatest Orioles pitchers of all time.  He posted a lifetime record of 138-108 with a 3.99 ERA and nearly a thousand strikeouts to his credit.

McGregor will be on hand to help raise awareness for next summer’s World Police and Fire Games, which take place in Fairfax County and the National Capital Region June 26 through July 5, 2015. His appearance in Manassas will formally launch Police Week on a day when the Potomac Nationals are providing a day of fun on the baseball diamond with the region’s public safety heroes and their families.

Prior to McGregor’s autograph signing, The P-Nats and WPFG will host a baseball clinic for the children of public safety personnel. Staffed by current Potomac Nationals players, the clinic will give children ages 5-12 the opportunity to enjoy the game with future stars! Following the clinic, the kids will enjoy a picnic where they will meet McGregor and receive exclusive access to the Kids Zone.  The first thousand fans in attendance will receive a co-branded 2015 World Police and Fire Games and Potomac Nationals baseball and after the final out, the evening will conclude with a fireworks display.

In addition to the Police Week activities, the Potomac Nationals will donate $4 from each ticket purchased to Fairfax 2015, the organizing body for next summer’s Games.

To purchase tickets please click here or visit www.Potomacnationals.com and use the password wpfg2015.

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