Michael Snyder is committed to his service in the Army and his passion for the Washington Redskins. On May 24, he joined more than 150 military personnel to celebrate both.
As part of the Redskins Salute program, the team organized a special event for service members, veterans and their families at its Ashburn headquarters. Participants had sideline access to the team’s practice and then got to mingle with former and current players afterwards, many of whom signed footballs and shared stories with the service members.
“It’s awesome,” Snyder said. “I never thought in a million years I’d have a chance to get this experience.”
The event is one of many Redskins Salute organizes each year. Established in 2014, the free program offers sideline visits, interactive experiences and game day activities for service members.
“It’s our way of giving back to our military community,” said Washington Redskins Senior Manager Ginny Jurgensen. “There are a lot of Redskins fans in the military, so to be here on the sidelines, watching their favorite players hit the field and get a unique aces is something very special that we’re happy to give back to.”
The granddaughter of legendary former Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, she said events like these are part of a the team’s ongoing commitment to its fans and community.
Current players were also excited about the opportunity.
“It means a lot coming from a military household,” said defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, a Stone Bridge High School graduate as well as son and brother of veterans. “It’s an exciting time when they’re here. It means a lot to have a gratitude for what they do.”