Organizations across sports are stepping up to aid the fight against the COVID-19 global pandemic. Countless athletes and teams have made donations and supported public health entities, whether it's in the form of food, money or space.
The Washington Redskins were recognized Friday for their support in partnering with the Maryland Army National Guard to operate the COVID-19 testing site at FedexField, the team's home stadium. A ceremony honored soldiers of the 115th Military Police Battalion, who received select medals and ribbons for their efforts and support.
“We want to thank the Washington Redskins for being a fantastic host for us at the FedexField testing site,” said Major General Timothy E. Gowen in a press release. “It was great to partner with one of the most important agencies in the entire region. We appreciate all the help that they provided in our efforts to get people tested and combat this terrible disease.”
The ceremony also included honors for the Redskins for their support of Maryland's coronivirus response efforts. Team partners Pepsi, USAA and FedEx provided food and other supplies as well.
“I want to thank the 115th Military Battalion of the Maryland Army National Guard for this generous and humbling recognition,” said Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. “The soldiers at the FedexField location along with all of our front line workers are the real heroes. Their courage and contributions to society during these trying times are an inspiration to us all as we continue to face this ongoing challenge.”
The Redskins are doing everything they can to help the efforts of the government and public health organizations, and will continue to do so moving forward.
“It was an honor working with the Maryland Army National Guard in facilitating and operating the COVID-19 testing site at FedexField,” said Washington Redskins Senior Vice President, Operations and Guest Experiences Chris Bloyer. “Working from the site gave me a firsthand look at the hard work and dedication that these men and women have for their community. It was an incredible experience and I want to thank the 115th Military Police Battalion for their hard work and in making a major impact in our community.”
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