RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The countdown is on: with the Redskins set to arrive in Richmond in just a few weeks, the city is now calling on fans to be ambassadors for the football team's training camp.
You could be one of one hundred lucky 'skins fans to participate in the inaugural Richmond training camp, with a chance to get closer to the athletes.
But just being a super fan won't cut it.
"We also want exceptional guest services, so we want people to be friendly, we want them to be people oriented," said Paul Manning, Richmond's Chief Service Officer.
You'll have to apply - interview - then get picked - and the competition is stiff.
"As of noon today, we've had an overwhelming response, but we need a lot of people so yeah, without a doubt people are excited," said Manning.
In years past these ambassador positions have been paid jobs. But for the first time, Richmond is calling for volunteers and it goes along with the city's Neighbor-To-Neighbor initiative.
"With state and federal funds being not so large as they used to be, and sometimes revenue aren't where they are, how do we leverage service as a key ingredient to move cities forward," said manning.
Well this is one way, calling for fans to help out their community.
"There are thousands of rabid Redskins fans in the area, probably some undercover Dallas Cowboys fans that want to be volunteers; we won't let that out," said Manning.
It's not going to be all fun and games though. If you're picked as a volunteer, you're going to have to stand in the hot summer sun for several hours a day while putting on a happy face representing the city of Richmond.
"It's going to be hot, it's going to be humid, if you can't handle that, you're not a good candidate, forget not good, you are not a candidate," said Manning.
But if you are picked - and you put in the time - you and a friend get a free ride to a home game in Washington - with some extra perks on the field.
"Up front right up there with the players coming out of the tunnel, the whole deal," said Manning.
Training camp starts July 25th and goes through August 16th. During July 10-11, the second round of the application process will take place and the decisions will be made July 22nd and 23rd.
To apply go to www.richmondgov.com/neighbortoneighbor