The Washington Redskins don't open training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center until July 28, but that's not stopping the team from coming up with some new initiatives to make the experience that much more enjoyable for the fans of the Burgundy and Gold who will no doubt pack the place for each and every practice.
Among the new enhancements are Road Trip to Richmond Travel Packages, which give fans a unique way for families to enjoy the city of Richmond. Through the Redskins' partnership with Richmond Region Tourism, The City of Richmond, Kings Dominion and the Science Museum, the packages give families passes to some of Richmond's favorite attractions, in addition to exclusive training camp clothing.
Something also new to training camp this year is the Redskins Richmond Passport Program, which focuses on bringing travelers to Richmond-area businesses with 'Redskins Special Offers,' which will be unique to each venue. For any Richmond venue that's interested in being a part of the program, they can visit: www.redskins.com/passport.
The Redskins are committed to making training camp and the city of Richmond a destination for families, so they've come up with a brand-new lineup of events like Kids Day, Football Fiesta, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Annual Summer Camp and Fan Appreciation Day, which will all be highlighted on the training camp schedule. Visitors to training camp will also be a part of "Jerseys Off Our Backs," presented by Bon Secours on Fan Appreciation Day. The event features players who will randomly select a child to receive their jersey after practice.
The fun won't stop there. The Training Center will also feature a Redskins Stage and screen, which will give spectators an exciting new view of live broadcasts from ESPN 950, a live social media feed and highlight videos each day. The Legends Showcase will also give fans a unique experience with them being able to connect with Redskins' alumni and learn about the team's history.
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation will host weekly activities on the new Redskins Play 60 Playground, along with a Punt, Pass and Kick program on the field. The Foundation is also partnering up with Good Sports to award $50,000 in sports equipment to a number of youth non-profits and schools. Selected organizations will be on-site to receive their items in a special ceremony on the Redskins Stage on Kids Day.
Bon Secours Health System will be available each and every day to provide health screenings, as well as wellness and prevention information. The Health System will also conduct health screenings based around heart disease and strokes, diabetes, women's health, pediatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine and much more. The Bon Secours Class-A-Roll, Virginia's first mobile learning kitchen, will also be on-site from Aug. 7-14.
So, as you can see, there's going to be so much going on during training camp, in addition to the 22 open practices.
"We come here as the defending NFC East champions, so I think it'll make the experience here even more fun for everybody involved," said Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins, "and there's a lot of positions up for grabs on the football team, so the competition this year, I think [we're] probably going to have more competition here for the bottom of the roster than we've had for the last few years."
Admission to training camp is free for everyone. Following practice, Redskins' players and coaches will be available to sign autographs and take pictures with fans, schedules permitting. All scheduled dates and practice times are subject to change.