Wolf Trap Partners with Fairfax 2015 for Closing Ceremony for the World Police & Fire Games, July 5, 2015
Athletes and public servants from 70 countries will convene at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts to celebrate the Games
Vienna, VA (October 16, 2014) – Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces a partnership with Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games, one of the largest multi-sports events in the world. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts will be the site for the event’s Closing Ceremony July 5, 2015, when athletes and public servants hailing from 70 countries will come together to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Games.
The bi-annual World Police & Fire Games is expected to draw more than 12,000 athletes from police, fire and other public safety agencies representing 70 different countries to compete in 1,600 medal events across 40 sports. Fairfax 2015 is a nonprofit 501(c)3 established to organize, manage and operate all activities related to hosting the 2015 Games which will take place throughout the National Capital Region June 26 to July 5, 2015.
Fairfax 2015 announced Wolf Trap’s participation and other event details at a press event earlier today. For more information, visit www.fairfax2015.org.
“Wolf Trap is a natural fit for our Closing Ceremony,” said Bill Knight, president and CEO of Fairfax 2015. “It is a unique and Iconic venue located in Fairfax County and will be an ideal setting as we pass the torch for the 2017 Games onto Montreal.”
Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, stated, “Along with Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, we are proud to play a role in the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games. The Games spotlight Fairfax County’s wide range of sporting, historic and cultural sites, of which Wolf Trap is one. Moreover, the Games establish important partnerships between the public safety sector and our community, and promote volunteerism and good citizenship. These shared values represent the spirit of the Games and the spirit of Wolf Trap.”
About Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.
About Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
On October 15, 1966 an Act of Congress (Public Law 89-671) provided for the establishment of Wolf Trap Farm Park (the park’s original name) in Fairfax County, Virginia. The park was established “… for the performing arts and related educational programs, and for recreation use in connection therewith…”The park began as a gift to the American people from Catherine Filene Shouse. Encroaching roads and suburbs inspired Mrs. Shouse to preserve this former farm as a park where people could find spiritual nourishments in the peacefulness of nature and in the performing arts. Mrs. Shouse donated the land and funds to build the Filene Center which opened on July 1, 1971. Wolf Trap’s name was officially changed from Wolf Trap Farm Park to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts on August 21, 2002 (Public Law 107-219). Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is operated through a public-private partnership between the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.