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se­nior pol­icy ad­vi­sor and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, Barry L. Hud­son, as he hyped up the crowd out­side. “We’re proud that the Red­skins call Prince Ge­orge’s County home and the re­gion comes to Prince Ge­orge’s County for game day.”

The county has been home to FedEx Field and the team since 1997, earn­ing about $1 mil­lion dol­lars per game in tax rev­enue which has helped pro­vide di­rect and in­di­rect em­ploy­ment for thou­sands of res­i­dents. In ad­di­tion, the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins Char­ity Foun­da­tion has dis­trib­uted mil­lions in do­na­tions to Prince Ge­orge’s, in­clud­ing as­sist­ing and pro­vid­ing re­sources to thou­sands of stu­dents in the pub­lic school sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from Baker’s of­fice.

“This is just sim­ply great for us in Prince Ge­orge’s County,” Baker said be­fore presenting Michael with a procla­ma­tion. “I want to thank Dan Sny­der and the Red­skins or­ga­ni­za­tion for not just hav­ing the team play here in Prince Ge­orge’s County, but be­ing good cor­po­rate cit­i­zens — be­ing a part of this com­mu­nity, giv­ing back, their char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion, giv­ing out tur­keys here, work­ing with us in our TNI [Trans­form­ing Neigh­bor­hoods Ini­tia­tive] ar­eas so that we can make sure all of Prince Ge­orge’s County, and all of Mary­land quite hon­estly, ben­e­fit from this great or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Thanks to Baker who has helped put Prince Ge­orge’s on an up­ward tra­jec­tory, Jenk­ins said the best thing about liv­ing in the county is be­ing a part of a fan base where res­i­dents and busi­ness- es alike cheer on the Red­skins, both on and off the field.

“Prince Ge­orge’s County has gone out of its way to wel­come the Red­skins or­ga­ni­za­tion. The en­tire area here has sup­ported the Red­skins in­cred­i­bly for the last 40 years,” Jenk­ins said in an in­ter­view. “No­body does this thing alone; no­body wins alone. … [It’s im­por­tant to have] a great part­ner­ship to grow and be a con­sis­tent win­ner.”

“Our goal is to keep the team here,” Baker said. “The big­gest [con­tri­bu­tion] ev­ery­one talks about is their tur­key give­away around Thanks­giv­ing time, which is a big hit at FedEx Field. But the other things they do is they’re work­ing with what we call our Trans­form­ing Neigh­bor­hoods [Ini­tia­tive] and bring­ing in their read­ing pro­gram. The play­ers have come in and helped us redo li­brar- ies in some of our schools that are high needs [and raised] can­cer aware­ness through their foun­da­tion. From all of those things, they have been tremen­dous part­ners of ours so we are very, very pleased.”

Michael, chief con­tent of­fi­cer and se­nior vice pres­i­dent of me­dia for the team who is also a 10-time Emmy Award win­ner for his work as a host on the Red­skins Broad­cast Net­work, said the or­ga­ni­za­tion is proud to ac­cept the county’s procla­ma­tion and ready to take on the 2016 sea­son. For those res­i­dents who are a Red­skins fan, they should feel very good about the team’s fu­ture, he said.

“The Red­skins or­ga­ni­za­tion is wo­ven deeply into the fab­ric of this com­mu­nity,” Jenk­ins said. “Get­ting into a new sta­dium and fi­nally get­ting back to a win­ning state-of-mind, it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing for both the county and the Red­skins or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES

Dozens of county ad­min­is­tra­tion em­ploy­ees and fel­low Red­skins fans burst out in cheers as they wave their “Fight for Old DC” tow­els dur­ing the pep rally.

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