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.”
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.