Redskins, NFL help Park View get new field

STERLING, Va. (WUSA 9) -- Many Redskins' practices take place on turf fields at Redskins Park in Ashburn. The turf helps alleviate issues with drainage and potential player injury. Now the field at Park View High School in nearby Sterling will follow suit.

The Redskins donated $100,000 dollars, which the NFL matched, for the school to have a new turf field, and Patriots players couldn't be happier.

"We got a few games cancelled this year because of rain and we had to play somewhere else for our homecoming, so turf will help us play more games," said freshman center Evan Pittard.

"It's a really big deal for us because we're one of the smaller schools in the county, so to have an organization as big as the Redskins come and help us; it makes us feel a lot bigger and just better about ourselves," said senior goalie Sam Onyeador.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder said the Redskins Charitable Foundation enjoys giving back to kids.

"Whenever we do anything at the schools and being based in Loudoun County it just means so much to us to be able to help them out and really participate in the community," said Snyder.

Loudoun County Public Schools superintendent Ed Hatrick said he is grateful for the support.

"They may be the Washington Redskins but to us they're the Loudoun County Redskins. A lot of them live here, their kids are in school here and we feel they're part of the family," said Hatrick.

While the check presentation was this week, construction on the turf field won't happen until next summer and the first students will get to use it in the fall of 2015.

The new Park View field also will be available for use by the entire Loudoun County community and superintendent Hatrick said he hopes to eventually install turf fields at all the schools in the county.


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