Loudoun County is among the jurisdictions in the region in which World Police and Fire Games events beginning today, Friday, June 26, and ongoing through July 5. The event is expected to attract more than 10,000 athletes from more than 60 countries along with thousands of spectators to the area.
"I would like to extend a special welcome to Loudoun County to all of the athletes and spectators from around the world who are here for the games," said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York. "I encourage them to take time to tour our beautiful county and enjoy our shops, restaurants, vineyards, and other attractions to see for themselves why Loudoun is such a wonderful place to live, work, and play."
The games will take place at 53 venues throughout the region, including nine sites in Loudoun County. All sports events are open to the public, free of charge. Residents should note the tentative dates and locations of the Loudoun events and plan accordingly as traffic may impact the venues and the surrounding roads.
- Ashburn Ice House, Ashburn: Ice Hockey, June 26 – July 3
- Morven Park, Leesburg: Soccer June 27 – July 3
- Harry Byrd Highway & State Route 601, Bluemont: Cycling - Hill Climb, July 3
- Dulles Sportsplex, Sterling: Indoor Soccer, July 1 – 4
- Smash Table Tennis, Sterling: Table Tennis, June 27 – June 29
- NOVA Badminton Club, Ashburn: Badminton, July 1 – July 3
- Pev's Paintball Park and Pro Shop, Aldie: Paintball, June 30
- Bowl America, Sterling: Bowling: June 30 – July 2
- Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne: Golf, June 29 – July 1
"We are fortunate that the games have come to our community so that our athletes can showcase their abilities on a world stage without leaving home," said Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman. "I wish all of our deputies the best of luck in the competition."
Approximately 20 members of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and 70 members of the Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management are participating in the games. Athletes from around the world volunteer for the competition and pay their own travel expenses and registration fees.
"Our fire fighters will be taking part in more than a dozen events including cycling, softball, and archery," said W. Keith Brower, Jr., chief of the Loudoun County Combined Fire-Rescue System. "It's an honor to participate in these games and I look forward to supporting our athletes in the competition."
The World Police and Fire Games were established by the California Police Athletics Federation in 1985 to offer law enforcement officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events.
Stay informed about the World Police and Fire Games online. Visit www.loudoun.gov/wpfg for more information.