Road To The Games

08
May

Potomac Nationals and Fairfax 2015 Coming Together to Raise Awareness

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b2ap3_thumbnail_pnats-balls.jpgTo raise awareness for next summer’s World Police and Fire Games, that will take place in Fairfax County and the National Capital Region June 26 through July 5, 2015. The Potomac Nationals and Fairfax 2015 will join forces to kick off Police Week through a day of fun on the baseball diamond with our public safety heroes and their families.

This Saturday, May 10 at Pfiztner Stadium, the Potomac Nationals take on The Myrtle Beach Pelicans. First pitch is at 6:35 P.M. The game will be followed by a firework display. The first thousand fans in attendance will receive a co-branded 2015 World Police and Fire Games and Potomac Nationals baseball! Bring a sharpie because there will also be appearances by Screech, The Washington Nationals Mascot, George Washington, and a Former Major League Baseball Player. The event will also feature a display of public safety vehicles and the Fairfax County Police Department Mobile Command Center.

Prior to the baseball game, 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 our Major League Baseball celebrity and receive exclusive access to the Kids Zone.

The World Police and Fire Games is an Olympic style event featuring 60 individual and team sports plus first responder specific activities such as ultimate fire fighter and muster. The events will take place at 53 venues throughout the region. The Games will draw more than 12,000 athletes from 70 countries. Current and former first responders will have the opportunity to compete against one another at state of the art facilities in and around Washington DC.

Fairfax 2015 will receive $4 from each ticket purchased for the Saturday, May 10, 2014 Potomac Nationals v Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game.

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

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02
Apr

Open Ceremonies To Be Held At Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

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b2ap3_thumbnail_rfkstadium.jpgOpening Ceremonies for the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games will be held at the historic Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. - affectionately known as “RFK” around the globe. RFK is the current home for Major League Soccer's D.C. United. Many remember this great stadium as the previous home to football's Washington Redskins and baseball's Washington Nationals.

In 2011, the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™, an annual football game between two historically black colleges and universities, joined the diverse schedule of events at the stadium. Music fans have also been thrilled by performances under the stars at RFK by artists such as Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, U2, the Eagles and the Grateful Dead. An illustrious roster of legends have passed through the stadium doors, but the evidence shows, the future is as bright as ever.

And now this great stadium will host public safety athletes of both law enforcement and fire services from over 70 countries. It is our hope to produce an Opening Ceremony fitting of these great heroes.

Getting To RFK Stadium
We encourage all athletes and guests to take Metrorail for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games Opening Ceremonies. Both the BLUE and the ORANGE lines will take you to the Stadium - Armory stop. The stadium entrance is just a very short walk from the Metro station. Games volunteers will direct you to the appropriate entrances.

 

ATM Machines
ATM Machines are located throughout the stadium:
200 Level (Main Concourse)

  • Behind Section 207 – Near Gate A
  • Behind Section 219 – Near Gate F

300 Level

  • Behind Section 318 – Near the D.C. United Team Store

Credit Cards
The food concessions operated by Centerplate accepts Visa, Mastercard and Discover at all concession locations throughout the stadium.

Elevators
There is an elevator available for disabled persons and patrons with suite tickets by the RFK Stadium Administrative Office entrance at Gate A (near Section 208). There is also an elevator located within the stadium at Section 210.

Guest Services
Guest Services is located on the 300 level behind Section 307. Guest Services representatives assist fans during games with stadium information, lost children, driving directions, car trouble and wheelchairs.

Lost and Found
Guests needing to claim or report lost items during our event should visit Guest Services on the 300 level behind Section 307. Guests may contact Lost and Found at (202) 608-1100 to inquire about and/or retrieve lost items.

Smoking Policy
Smoking is prohibited in all seating areas of RFK Stadium. 

Umbrellas
Umbrellas are not permitted in the stadium for the safety and sight lines of other fans. Rain gear of choice is a poncho. For more information, please see the list of prohibited/permitted items.

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27
Mar

World Police & Fire Games Federation To Visit Fairfax 2015 Next Week

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WPFG_final_global_logo_color.pngFAIRFAX COUNTY, VA (March 26, 2014) – Eleven delegates from the California Police Athletic Federation, the global parent organization of the World Police & Fire Games, will arrive in Fairfax County next week to get an early look at the preparations now underway for next summer’s competition, in which 12,000 public safety athletes from across the globe will compete in 61 different athletic events.

Tours of hotels, athletic venues, travel and tourism attractions, a handful of special events and individual meetings with sports coordinators, program facilitators and future hosts will fill the schedules of these representatives who are responsible for ensuring a successful experience when the Games unfold in and around Fairfax County June 26 through July 5, 2015

“This visit is an opportunity for our team to review plans and gain insight from the Federation Directors who each bring expertise to various components of the planning process,” said Bill Knight, President and CEO of Fairfax 2015, the non-profit host organization responsible for administering the Games.  “Many elements of 2015 Games program remain in development, but we are pleased for the opportunity to show how far we’ve come and to reconfirm our plans.”

While based in San Diego, Federation delegates and guests for this visit will be traveling to Fairfax from various cities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and China.  The visit begins on Sunday, March 30 with a tour of the region including stops at the Udvar-Hazy Center, Mount Vernon, the National Mall, Tysons Corner and Wolftrap’s Filene Center, host site of the Games’ Closing Ceremonies. 

Monday, March 31 will be devoted largely to meetings with the rest of the week spent touring venues ranging from ice rinks, golf courses, sportsplexes and bowling alleys to motocross courses, pools, firing ranges and parks.  A special visit is also planned Thursday for RFK Stadium, site of the Games’ Opening Ceremonies.

The weeklong visit also incorporates social opportunities including attendance at the Fairfax County Valor Awards on Monday, March 31, a Belfast Games Appreciation Reception at the Winery at Bull Run and a Farewell Reception at the Sheraton Reston Hotel.

For additional information on the World Police and Fire Games, visit fairfax2015.com or call (202) 480-WPFG (9734).

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13
Mar

Baseball Great Cal Ripken Jr Joins Fairfax 2015 Honorary Board

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cal-ripkenjr.jpgPlease welcome the 'Iron Man' himself, Cal Ripken Jr to the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games Honorary Board of Directors.

One of the true legends of baseball, Cal Ripken, Jr. began his professional baseball career in 1978, made it to the majors in 1981, and quickly set a new standard for shortstops. Big, strong, and durable, he displayed power at the plate, grace in the field, and unrivaled perseverance. He earned AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1982, won the MVP award in 1983 and 1991, and received a Gold Glove in 1991 and 1992. In 1995, Cal broke Lou Gehrig's major league record for consecutive games played (2,130). The next year, he surpassed Japanese great Sachio Kinugasa's streak of 2,215 straight games. Cal voluntarily ended his streak on September 20, 1998, after playing 2,632 consecutive games. During this 17-year span, Cal amassed 3,184 hits, including 431 home runs. He holds many major league records, including most home runs by a shortstop and highest single season fielding percentage by a shortstop (.996). He retired from baseball in October 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 with the third highest voting percentage in history, Cal Ripken, Jr. is baseball's all-time Iron Man. Now Cal is using the platform that baseball has provided him to help grow the game he loves worldwide. Today, he is Chairman and CEO of Ripken Baseball, which owns and operates minor league clubs, world-class youth baseball facilities, a memorabilia company, and a management and design company that builds state-of-the-art athletic complexes. In 2001, Cal and his brother Bill established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, in memory of their father.

Cal's role as an ambassador for the game was taken to a new level in August 2007, when he was named American Public Diplomacy Envoy by the U.S. State Department. In this role, he has traveled worldwide teaching baseball to children and representing the United States. His most recent trip in 2011 was to Japan, visiting with kids who had been affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

Over the years Cal has also become a best-selling author. His past works include The Only Way I Know, Play Baseball The Ripken Way (with his brother Bill), Parenting Young Athletes The Ripken Way, Get in the Game: Eight Elements of Perseverance that Make the Difference, and The Longest Season, a children's book. His first novel, Hothead, hit bookstores in 2011 and reached #5 on the NY Times Best Seller List. Co-authored with Baltimore Sun columnist Kevin Cowherd, this book was the first in a series of baseball themed novels for middle grade kids. The second book in the series, Super-Sized Slugger, hit the shelves in March 2012.

Cal hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM, and serves as a Studio Analyst for TBS Sports during the Major League Baseball playoffs.

Cal resides in Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and has two children, Rachel and Ryan.

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11
Mar

WPFG Gold Medal Athlete Dies Following Cycling Race Accident

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b2ap3_thumbnail_RPS.jpgPORTSMOUTH, U.K. - PC Richard Phillips-Schofield, 33, was off-duty and taking part in a race at the velodrome at the Stamshaw centre when the crash happened on Sunday. He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham with severe head and chest injuries where he died earlier today. He was taking part in the Omega Circuits at the Mountbatten close road circuit on Sunday when the accident happened.

He won two gold medals and a silver medal in the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast last year.

Flags at the force’s Winchester headquarters and Netley have been lowered as mark of respect, and will remain lowered tomorrow.

PC Phillips-Schofield was a rider with the Winchester-based Peter Hansford Racing Team and the force said his main passion was cycling.

He started out at the Light Hall School in Solihull, West Midlands and represented the force in cycling at the highest level, winning national and international awards.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh competed at the World Police and Fire Games with PC Phillips-Schofield. Mr Marsh said: ‘I was proud to serve with Richard, and had the privilege of being one of the first of his colleagues to congratulate him on his gold medal when we competed together in Belfast last year.

‘His service in the police was no less impressive, a first class officer, team player and friend to so many. He was a credit to Hampshire Constabulary and policing in many ways.

‘Richard’s loss will have a huge impact on friends and colleagues across the service, not only in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, but across the UK.

He was unmarried and is survived by his parents.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this tragic time.

 

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