Other Sports

The 11-best Delaware, Maryland and Virginia beaches just a car ride away from Washington, DC

The 11-best Delaware, Maryland and Virginia beaches just a car ride away from Washington, DC

As increasing heat and humidity descends on the capital district, beach getaways will be in high demand. Whether you’ve lived in DC for years or are just in town for the summer, you will find yourself weighing a number of variables when deciding where you’ll make your escape to.

Each beach destination has their pros and cons, so we’ve compiled a list to help you sort things out.

From the bluffs of the Potomac to the coast of Delaware, these are the 11 best beaches within a one-day roundtrip of DC:

BEST: Sandy Point State Park

S Beach Rd, Annapolis, MD

Sandy Point is the ideal beach destination for DC residents. Just 39 miles (48 minutes) from Capitol Hill, this park’s beach is located right on the Chesapeake Bay and is lifeguarded from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The daily entrance fee is $5 for Maryland residents and $6 for out-of-state travelers. Fishing and crabbing is also permitted in designated areas.

Other Options…

2. Rehoboth Beach

Grenoble Pl, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2 hours and 33 minutes away, this is the closest DMV beach with Atlantic Ocean access and a full array of amenities, highlighted by a mile-long boardwalk with restaurants, arcade games, and a small amusement park. Crowned the “Nation’s Summer Capital,” this has been a popular getaway for generations of DC residents. For a slightly quieter option nearby, check out Bethany Beach (the next beach town over). 

3. Point Lookout State Park

11175 Point Lookout Rd, Scotland, MD

Hidden on the southern tip of Maryland, this former Prisoner-of-War camp is now a beach and Civil War Museum. Just under two hours away, this state park features areas for swimming, fishing, an expansive campground and Point Lookout Lighthouse. It’s not your conventional water and sand beach, and the fee is $7 for out-of-state visitors, but it’s a nice contrast from the office.

4. Ocean City

Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD

Just down the road from Rehoboth, Ocean City is the premier beach spot for Maryland residents.  All beaches are free, with the Atlantic on one side and a number of restaurants, shops and resorts on the other.

5. Virginia Beach:

Oceanfront Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA

It's  the farthest of the DMV’s best beaches, but distance is the only con. A good four hours removed from the District, Virginia Beach is a chain of free beaches, each with its own style to fit your beachgoing needs. Resort Beach is the most crowded with both amenities and, consequently, people. Sandbridge offers far more privacy, while Chick’s Beach is known for being extremely family friendly for young children.

6. Assateague Island National Seashore:

National Seashore Ln, Berlin, MD

Wild ponies. Picturesque sunsets. A VSCO-lovers dream and another markee beach location within a drive of DC. The Maryland portion of the 37 mile long park is 138 miles, or 3 hours, away. Cost is steep for day-trippers – $10 for a seven-day vehicle pass – and the island’s only lodging is campsites, but this National Park should be on every DMV residents’ bucket list.

7. Westmoreland State Park

145 Cliff Road, Montross, VA

Another check in both the family-friendly and distance boxes is Westmoreland State Park. Entrance fees are $7 for Virginia residents and $10 for out-of-state visitors, a small tax to pay for priceless views from the bluffs overlooking the Potomac or the myriad of prehistoric fossils scattered throughout the shore. “Fossil Beach” is 1 hour, 54 minutes away and also features swimming pools, hiking trails and camping sites.

8. Lewes Beach

Bay Ave, Lewes, DE

Another beach town in close proximity to Rehoboth is Lewes Beach. Located 2 hours and 36 minutes away, this is a quaint beach town with plenty of history, restaurants and shops. The beaches are free and lead into the Delaware Bay, so there are little to no waves compared to Rehoboth.

9. Colonial Beach:

McKinney Blvd, Colonial Beach, VA

Voted USA Today’s No. 1 beach in Virginia in 2018, Colonial Beach is another ideal DMV antidote to the summer heat. This beach is an hour and 52 minutes away and has the second-longest accessible shore in Virginia, not to mention you can visit the birthplace of George Washington and James Madison and watch bald eagles nest. ‘Merica.

10. Breezy Point Beach:

Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD

Another beach town within an hour of DC is Breezy Point Beach. Located on the tame surf of the Chesapeake Bay, this destination features a free half-mile beach and a 200-ft pier for fishing and crabbing.

11. Dewey Beach: 

Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach, DE 

Day trips to this beach are not suggested unless you aren't the driver. This stretch of .3 square miles is littered with bars and clubs and has the unique advantage of Rehoboth Bay on one side and the ocean on the other. Just under 2.5 hours from Washington, this the spot for party-loving beachgoers. 

Whether you want a day off from work or a weekend with the whole family, these 11 DMV beaches and their surrounding towns have more than enough to keep you occupied this summer.


Overwatch League coming to The Anthem and the Entertainment and Sports Arena


Overwatch League coming to The Anthem and the Entertainment and Sports Arena

A new rule change will allow the Washington Justice, Washington D.C.'s Overwatch franchise, to host multiple homestands for the 2020 season.

In doing so there will be two venues that the Justice will utilize for five homestands. The Anthem and the Entertainment and Sports Arena will be their home. With this move, Overwatch will come to the nation's capital for the first time after two seasons. 

Both locations are brand new. Located the District Wharf, The Anthem (2,300-3,200 capacity) opened in 2017. The Entertainment and Sports Arena (4,200 capacity) is settled right in the middle of Congress Heights and opened in September of 2018. 

The Entertainment and Sports Arena is also home to the Washington Mystics, the Capital City Go-Go and practices for the Washington Wizards. 

This season there are no games scheduled in the district. A majority of the league's games have been and will be played at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, CA. There were a couple of specialty homestands in Allen, TX, Cumberland, GA and Los Angeles, CA.

The Washington Justice was founded in 2018 as a part of the league's expansion to 20 teams. The team is owned by Mark Ein, who also owns the Washington Kastles and has managing rights to the Citi Open. Their season runs in four stages, including playoffs, from February to September. Currently the team is 2-19 on the 2019 season and is eliminated from the postseason. 

Ato Boldon, speakers stress accessibility of youth sports at hearing on Capitol Hill

NBC Sports Washington

Ato Boldon, speakers stress accessibility of youth sports at hearing on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON -- About a dozen players from the Howard County TERPS 10U football team ran around Rayburn Lobby at the House of Representatives on Tuesday morning, their red, yellow and black jerseys darting around members of Congress and visitors as the players tossed footballs and swung plastic mini golf clubs.

Earlier that morning, the team sat in the seats of the Ways and Means Committee in Room 2020, a vast change from the suit-and tie-wearing politicians normally behind the microphones. 

The team wasn't there to wreak havoc on politicians but was instead present for the National Youth Sports Day hearing and expo, a joint effort by the National Council of Youth Sports and the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports intended t0 start a dialogue around youth sports and the NCYS's policy platform. 

The main message: youth sports needs to be accessible to all children and prioritized by the federal and state governments and by coaches.

Youth sports are one of our most valuable assets and teaching tools, implored Clay Walker, the National Fitness Foundation executive director. He emphasized the need for persons at both the state and federal level to make youth sports a top priority. Walker added to four-time Olympic medalist Ato Boldon's message that right now, the most critical issues lawmakers face are those concerning today's youth.

For Boldon, who has served as the lead track and field analyst for NBC Sports' coverage of the Summer Olympics since 2007, his achievements in sports served as a "catalyst" for other opportunities, opportunities that he, and other panelists, said need to be accessible to everyone. 

A rising sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Nora Fairbanks-Lee was the youngest member of the panel. She explained how playing basketball and softball have helped her develop into a more confident person.

"Sports teaches unforgettable life lessons," Fairbanks-Lee said, adding that sports provide a safe space for children in the community to work through their problems. 

The final message of the main hearing came from Charles Elliot, who said that coaches "have to begin to invest in kids [and] put time in." Elliot, the president of the Maryland Football and Cheer Association, and former football coach, demonstrated the innate power coaches hold over children by blowing a whistle, at which point every Terps player jumped to their feet ready to go.

"Whatever coach says, that's what goes," Elliot explained. He argued that coaches should strive to be mentors and turn players into better human beings, not simply into better athletes.

Elliot's argument carried back to the necessary prioritizing of youth sports and the purpose of the conference as a whole: to greate that dialogue which continues to promote safe, healthy and accessible play for all children.

After the hearing, those in attendance retired to the lobby, where various organizations set up tables and some games to allow both Congressional staff and the children in attendance to play and learn about each organization.

Though only a few staffers and representatives participated in the activities, including a carpet golf set from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and inflatable basketball hoops from Monumental Sports, those few children filled the air with giggles as they frolicked amongst politicians and event organizers. 

Three Congress members-- Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX)--spoke over the course of the day about the positive impact of youth sports on their own lives. 

Both Armstrong and Davis coached little league baseball, which they discussed at the beginning of the hearing; Armstrong was elected to the North Dakota Dickinson Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017, while Davis remembed when he found out he was nominated to the caucus while he was coaching a little league game (he waited until after the game to address reporters, showing his players they were his priority in that moment). 

Davis and Veasey are two of the three co-chairs of the caucus, and Vesey made sure to address specifically the children in the room.

"Comfortable is the most dangerous word in sports," Boldon explained during the hearing. He tells all his athletes that phrase to warn against complacency in training. But that same saying holds true to the panelists' feelings toward the current state of youth sports in America.

"We've made progress," Trish Sylvia, co-founder of the National Center for Safety Initiatives said. "But there's more to be done."