|The back lot at the Edsall Park Swim Club.|
The VIVA Open, a four-player golf scramble, is Aug. 30, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., at the Potomac Shores Golf Club in Dumfries.
|The vision for the soccer field.|
McDermitt hopes to have 32 four-person teams sign up for the golf tournament. The event includes lunch, a dinner reception, contests, a raffle, and an auction featuring soccer jerseys autographed by soccer pros among other prizes. Golf teams can register online.
He hopes the event, along with sponsorships, will raise $50,000 toward the $100,000 estimated cost of developing a 40 by 80-foot soccer field with artificial turf. A field of that size could be used for games with players up to age 12 and as a practice field for all age levels.
He needs to raise half the cost of the project in order to apply for grants from U.S. Soccer and the Fairfax County Park Authority.
“A soccer field would be a major catalyst for the pool,” McDermitt says. The Edsall Park Swim Club has been struggling to attract new members, and the swim team, already in the bottom division, is barely able to field enough youths to compete.