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& Networking Opportunities
June 26-July 5, 2015
Bring Your Friends and Family
to World-Class Sporting Events in Fairfax County
by: Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Every two years I greatly look forward to watching the winter or summer Olympics. There is something so exciting about bringing many nations together to celebrate health, fitness and talent. If you have never been to the Olympics, this summer you may get the chance to experience something pretty close.
The World Police & Fire Games, hosted this year by Fairfax County from June 26-July 5, will bring together thousands of athletes from 70 countries to compete in over 60 sports. During the 10-day event being held in Fairfax County and the DC Metropolitan Area, police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers and first responders from around the world will showcase their athletic excellence in a wide variety of sports such as soccer, swimming, tennis, baseball, rugby, wrestling, archery, taekwondo and more!
This spectacular international sporting event is free and open to the public. This will be a great opportunity to take your family to watch popular sports and introduce your kids to lesser-known ones such as judo, the ultimate firefighter, skeet, and a police service dog event. I hope you’ll come out to the Games to root for different teams from around the world.
The Opening Ceremonies will be held on June 26, 2015 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Doors open at 4pm, and the ceremony starts at 6pm. A welcome celebration, parade of athletes, lighting of the torch, athletes’ oath and a musical concert will all be part of the spectacular opening ceremonies. Register for complimentary tickets for you and the whole family at fairfax2015.com.
The World Police and Fire Games are held in different locations worldwide every two years, and we are proud to host this competition in Fairfax County in 2015. The international community eagerly bids for the rights and opportunity to hold the Games. Previous hosts have included Melbourne, Australia; Stockholm, Sweden; Barcelona, Spain; and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The size and scope of the games continues to grow, with both the attendance and number of participating countries steadily increasing. This year, about 10,000 public safety athletes from 70 countries are taking part in 61 sports in 53 area venues. On average, at least 1-2 people tend to travel with and accompany each competitor. This means that a total of 15,000-30,000 visitors will be coming to Fairfax County this summer, creating an exciting community-wide athletic celebration.
The economic impact of the Games is also substantial, not only during the Games, but before and after as well. Many competitors and their guests remain in the area or arrive early for site-seeing and 4th of July celebrations in the USA.
It will take thousands of volunteers backing them up to make it all happen. Volunteer opportunities still exist in multiple areas of interest including working as a Games ambassador, helping run special events, working at specific venues, helping with public outreach and marketing, general operations and more! I hope you will consider joining us in support of our everyday heroes and welcoming the world to Fairfax County.
The fairfax2015.com website has recently been updated to include a great SPORTS EVENT SCHEDULE section that will take you directly to the events you are interested in, including information about when and where they are being held.
Sunday, July 19
Antique & Classic Car Show
Fund Raiser for Fallen Fairfax Police Officers
10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Juke Box Diner, 7039 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003 - www.jukeboxdiner.com $15 donation, 703-430-4000 Ext.2
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
National Night Out
Free Family Fun and Feature Film
at the Annandale Shopping Center
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