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Monday, June 22, 2015

2015 World Police and Fire Games start this week

The Fairfax County Police Department's soccer team. [FCPD]
The 2015 World Police and Fire Games, the biggest sports competition in Fairfax County history, starts this week.

The games will bring more than 10,000 athletes from police and fire departments from all 50 states and more than 68 countries here to compete in 60 events. The 2015 games are hosted by Fairfax County, but events are scattered all over the region.

The opening ceremony takes places Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at RFK Stadium in D.C., featuring entertainer, Sugar Ray, the Madison Rising patriotic rock band, a parade of athletes, and the lighting of the cauldron. Free tickets for the ceremony can be ordered online.  

About 660 athletes from Fairfax County are expected to participate, including 340 firefighters and 260 police officers. Neither the police nor fire departments are releasing the names of athletes in advance. Fairfax County will have teams in ice hockey, softball, baseball, dodgeball, honor guard, lacrosse, track and field, flag football, and basketball 5x5.
The 2015 World Games mascot.

All events are free and open to the public. While there are common sports, like boxing, cycling, soccer, and weightlifting, there are other competitions that test the special skills of firefighters and police officers. For example, the ultimate firefighter competition takes place July 1-3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Springfield Town Center, and a precision motorcycling competition for police officers is June 27, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly.

There are a few events in the Annandale area. Softball will be at Wakefield Park Sunday, June 28, through Friday, July 3, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (and to 10 p.m. on June 30).

A couple of the martial arts competitions will be at the Ernst Center at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, including tae kwon do on June 29 and 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and karate on July 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  

Several events will be at George Mason University, including baseball, basketball, bodybuilding, boxing, judo, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. See the 2015 World Games website for the complete schedule. Weather delays will be posted online.

The only events where tickets might be needed are bodybuilding on June 27 and the final day of boxing on July 3. Both of those events will be at the GMU Center for the Arts.
There are also several activities open to the public in the Athletes Village at Reston Town Center, including live entertainment every night at Champions Square.

Registration for volunteers has closed. There are more than 5,500 people in the volunteer database, and more than 1,000 of them have completed the online orientation.

World Games volunteers have been invited to a rally June 24, 6:30-7 p.m. at Reston Town Hall with live music and remarks by Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers, and Fairfax 2015 board chair Kevin Reynolds, president of Cardinal Bank.

Fairfax 2015 estimates the games will cost $16-$17 million, says Roy Shrout, deputy coordinator with the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management. The Commonwealth of Virginia committed $1 million to the games, and corporate sponsors have also contributed. The games are expected to generate $60-$80 million for the local economy.


  1. Can't wait to see the following events....
    Shoot the unarmed, file a false report, and every ones favorite Civil Asset Forfeiture. What a waste of tax payer money.

    1. "The games are expected to generate $60-$80 million for the local economy."

    2. Follow the math and see...County spent $16 Million of tax dollars, $80Million in revenue for the local economy (DC Metro area) lets say Fairfax sees $40M. Now of that $40M of revenue local taxes are collected, let say 5%, Fairfax County picks up $2M in tax revenue. So for $16M spend we get $2M back , net loss of $14M.
      Even if you change the tax assumption to 10%, we still lose $12Million.

    3. I suppose the argument to be made here would be a tax loss of 12 million is offset by ~40 million being injected into the local economy. Not my area of expertise but that doesn't sound like too bad a deal.

    4. This reminds me of Lorton Arts Center tax logic. Fairfax really needs an internal Inspector General, BOS spending is out of control.