The student athletes at Park View High School said their old multi-sport field isn’t bad, but it has its blemishes.
Sophomore Joy Hogarty said the grass in Sterling, Va., gets a little “choppy” at the beginning of girls’ soccer season. Freshman linebacker Nikolai Hopkins said rain completely changes the makeup of a football game. Sophomore Connor Hotaling said snow drove the football team into the gym for practices, which affected the Patriots’ conditioning.
These issues should subside by the end of 2015, when construction of a new synthetic, multi-sport field is scheduled to complete thanks to a $1,000,000 funding partnership between the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, the NFL Grassroots Field Grant Program and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
“It’s going to be nice because we can practice more consistently,” Hogarty said. “And I really like the fact that it’s going to be open to the community, so if we don’t have practice, I can just come out and kick around.”
Senior Sam Onyeador – a goalkeeper who has committed to play soccer at William & Mary – said the field will be the envy of Eastern Loudoun County and will help Park View’s athletics earn the respect of rival schools.
Hotaling can look forward to football and lacrosse practice on the new field. Along with Onyeador and Hogarty, he was part of a group of 10 athletes that attended a Tuesday press conference at Park View to announce the funding partnership for the field.
Before he addressed the media, Redskins owner Dan Snyder took some time to visit with Hotaling and his peers.
“It’s fun because I’m a big Redskins fan,” Hotaling said. “He just shook my hand. We talked to him about football and DeSean Jackson.”
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