04/15/14 3:15pm

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From a press release:

“Seven new members of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame will be honored during pregame festivities prior to the Washington Nationals series finale against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, April 27 at Nationals Park. This year, the renowned sports club will enshrine the following inductees:

o Charles “Lefty” Driesell – Former Men’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Maryland
o Johnny Holliday – Sports Broadcaster, Voice of Maryland football & basketball and Nats Xtra television host on MASN
o Olaf “Olie” Kolzig – Former Goalie, Washington Capitals
o George Solomon – Former Sports Editor, The Washington Post
o Theodore N. Lerner – Managing Principal Owner, Washington Nationals
o Michael Weiss – Olympic and Professional Figure Skater
o Chris Weller – Former Women’s Head Basketball Coach, University of Maryland

These honorees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the Nation’s Capital. They will join a select group of Washington-area standout athletes and sports personalities already in the Hall of Fame, including Sammy Baugh, James Brown, Dominique Dawes, Josh Gibson, Walter Johnson, Sonny Jurgensen, Morgan Wootten, Bob Wolff and many others.

Each new inductee will receive a Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame plaque commemorating their induction during the pregame ceremony, and their names will be added to the large Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park, located on the side of Garage B facing the field.”

04/09/14 3:15pm

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From a press release:

“Councilmember Muriel Bowser thanked Eleanor Holmes Norton today for the Congresswoman’s proposal to study the feasibility of improving three federally-owned golf courses in the District of Columbia.

“Congresswoman Holmes Norton is to be applauded for her effort to improve these public facilities,” said Councilmember Bowser. “It’s unfortunate that the courses have been allowed to fall into disrepair. But with the proper federal attention, these courses—Langston, East Potomac, and Rock Creek Park—could become the center of the region’s golf economy.”

The Congresswoman’s proposal comes on the heels of local efforts to improve the three courses. In February, Councilmember Bowser held a hearing on a DC Council bill that called for the transformation of Langston Golf Course into a championship-level golf facility. In March, Ms. Bowser expanded on that vision in a letter to Congresswoman Holmes Norton suggesting that the two leaders work together on the redevelopment of all three golf courses.

Congresswoman Holmes Norton introduced her bill yesterday.”

From Congresswoman Norton’s office:

“The bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to determine the feasibility for public-private partnerships to operate the three courses. The bill suggests that one of the courses be transformed into a world-class, tournament-quality course with playing fees commensurate with such courses around the country to help upgrade and sustain the other two courses to the same standards as the best public courses in the country owned by cities, towns, counties and states. Those two courses would retain the same fee structure that exists on the date of enactment of the bill. Norton has been working for years, beginning with a bill in 2007, to reverse the three courses’ long-term slide into deterioration, and to preserve, as she said, “these unique, valuable and historical D.C. attractions for the enjoyment of future generations.”

You can read the full bill here.

For the golfers out there, which of the three is currently your favorite?

03/27/14 5:00pm

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Monday, April 7th
Ed. Note: The time was changed to 3:30-5:00pm
Cardozo – 1200 Clifton St, NW
Free

UPDATE:

“D.C. United has announced that it has postponed today’s open training session at Cardozo Education Campus due to the inclement weather.

A make-up date will be announced at a later date.”

03/24/14 9:30pm

“March 24, 2014

To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation:

Several months ago I wrote you about my personal reflections on our team name and on our shared Washington Redskins heritage. I wrote then – and believe even more firmly now – that our team name captures the best of who we are and who we can be, by staying true to our history and honoring the deep and enduring values our name represents.

In that letter, I committed myself to listening and learning from all voices with a perspective about our Washington Redskins name. I’ve been encouraged by the thousands of fans across the country who support keeping the Redskins tradition alive. Most – by overwhelming majorities – find our name to be rooted in pride for our shared heritage and values.

“There are Native Americans everywhere that 100% support the name,” Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Chairwoman Mary L. Resvaloso told me when I came to visit her tribe. “I believe God has turned this around for something good.” She told me that it was far more important for us to focus on the challenges of education in Native American communities. I listened closely, and pledged to her that I would find ways to improve the daily lives of people in her tribe.

What would my resolve to honoring our legacy mean if I myself—as the owner of and a passionate believer in the Washington Redskins—didn’t stay true to my word? I wanted and needed to hear firsthand what Native Americans truly thought of our name, our logo, and whether we were, in fact, upholding the principle of respect in regard to the Native American community.

So over the past four months, my staff and I travelled to 26 Tribal reservations across twenty states to listen and learn first-hand about the views, attitudes, and experiences of the Tribes. We were invited into their homes, their Tribal Councils and their communities to learn more about the extraordinary daily challenges in their lives.

“I appreciated your sincerity to learn about our culture and the real-life issues we face on a daily basis,” Pueblo of Zuni Governor Arlen Quetawki told us after we toured his reservation. “I look forward to working together with you to improve the lives of Native Americans in any way possible.”

The more I heard, the more I’ve learned, and the more I saw, the more resolved I became about helping to address the challenges that plague the Native American community. In speaking face-to-face with Native American leaders and community members, it’s plain to see they need action, not words. (more…)

03/06/14 10:22pm

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1st and R Street, SW

Last Friday’s question about what should be done with RFK got me thinking about the proposed new DC United stadium at Buzzard Point in SW. There is a nice new website set up called Unite DC explaining the proposal and calling for your support (with a sweet rendering too):

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I’ll say it straight away, I love soccer and would be psyched if this new stadium was built. But I’m also curious – how many soccer fans does DC have? Would a new stadium encourage new fans? Do you think we could fill a 20,000-25,000-seat soccer stadium? So today I’m just curious – how many folks have been to a DC United game? Any regulars? For those who haven’t been, do you think you would go to a game at the new stadium?

For those that do support the stadium, you can add your name here. A couple more shots of how the site looks today:

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03/04/14 11:15am

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From a press release:

“WHAT: Talented Washington Nationals fans who are interested in performing the national anthem throughout the 2014 season are invited to submit their applications beginning today. The first 50 anthem hopefuls to submit their resume (performance or otherwise) to anthem@nationals.com will be invited to audition live at Nationals Park on Saturday, March 8.

Anthem performers must meet the following prerequisites:

- The anthem should take no longer than 90 seconds to sing
- The anthem must be performed in the traditional style; all auditions must be a cappella
- Groups and instrumentalists are invited to audition as well
- Please be sure to write “2014 Live Anthem Auditions” in the subject line of the email

These auditions are not open to the public and will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit nationals.com/anthem.

WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Nationals Park – 1500 South Capitol Street, SE”