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Oct

Fairfax 2015 to Announce Venues, Legacy Plans and Branding Initiatives for the World Police & Fire Games

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for Thursday, October 16 at Noon

D.C. Olympic Bid representative to discuss role of Games in preparing area for 2024 Olympics

Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games (www.fairfax2015.com) – one of the largest multi-sport events in the world – will announce key venues, Legacy plans and more at a National Press Club news conference on October 16.  The Games are expected to draw over 12,000 participants and as many as 30,000 Games family visitors to the Washington metropolitan area next summer. The international event unites law enforcement officers and firefighters from more than 70 countries around the world in athletic competition.

A Washington 2024 representative will also speak at the event regarding the role of the Games related to the D.C. Olympic bid.

WHAT: At the event, announcements will be made regarding:

- Games overview and updates

- Opening and closing ceremony venues

- Games Legacy partners and initiatives

- Relationship to the Washington 2024 Olympic Bid

- Branding of the Games

WHERE: The National Press Club - 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC - Holeman Lounge

WHEN: Thursday, October 16 at 12 pm - The announcement will be followed by a Q&A and Games Demo and a luncheon at 1:00 p.m. 

WORLDWIDE: As a truly global event, the World Police & Fire Games will draw athletes from 70 different nations.  Some of the nations that have historically provided the largest numbers of athletes include Spain, South Africa, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Brazil, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, England, Mexico and Sweden.

WHO: 

- Bill Knight, Fairfax 2015 President and CEO

- Washington 2024 Representative

- Kevin Reynolds, Fairfax 2015 Board Chair

- Fairfax County Police Chief, Edwin C. Roessler, Jr.

- Fairfax County Fire Chief, Richard R. Bowers

- Fairfax County Sheriff, Stacey Kincaid

- Public Safety Athletes

DEMO: The news conference will feature demos of two of the sports scheduled to take place as part of next summer’s competition

RSVP: Kerry Lynn Bohen, Brotman|Winter|Fried: kbohen@aboutbwf.com or 703.533.4823 (Mobile 202.468.8300)

About the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games

The World Police & Fire Games is one of the largest multi-sport events in the world, surpassed only by the Summer Olympic Games. The event draws more than 12,000 athletes from police, fire and other public safety agencies representing 70 different countries to compete in 1,600 medal events across 40 sports. Fairfax 2015 is a nonprofit 501(c)3 established to organize, manage and operate all activities related to hosting the 2015 Games which will take place throughout the National Capital Region June 26 to July 5, 2015. Visit www.fairfax2015.com for more information.

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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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