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Redskins Training Camp program doubles volunteers

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The Redskins Training Camp is bolstering its volunteer force. The city has received an over-whelming amount of applicants to help at camp, which starts next month, so it's doubling the number of volunteers. 

This is part of the city's larger effort to get people more involved in the community. You may be asking what exactly an ambassador does. Some of the responsibilities will be crowd control and answering fans' questions as they come to watch the redskins train here. Before any of that happens, the city and the Redskins must first go through a detailed process before they choose those volunteers. 

That means screening almost 1,200 registration forms from eager volunteers who want to get in on the pre-season excitement. There's been so much interest; the city is doubling its force from 70 to 140 volunteers a day.  

Each shift lasts five to six hours during the hottest, most humid time of the year. The perks are worth it for some including a free ticket to a Redskins home game. 

"I think it's kind of crazy but it's awesome at the same time," said longtime Redskins Fan, Chris Martin. "It's nice to support for the redskins because I'm a big fan."

Martin would love to be out here, but he lives two hours away.  However, many people are still going through great lengths.  Some are even taking vacation time just to be near the team.  Chief Services Officer, Paul Manning will soon be screening these online applications.    

"I don't think we had any idea how many people would apply but I thought for sure we'd get a great interest," said Manning.  

The ambassador program all stems from his neighbor to neighbor initiative to get more people involved in the community. While the redskins training camp may be the talk of the town, Manning says there are dozens of other programs that still need attention including initiatives to serve the elderly, youth, and people with disabilities.  

"There are many more weeks left in the year we want to be able to call on them to help us with their power of service to help impact the city," Manning noted.  

The city will first narrow down the candidates through an online process. Once that's finished, the Redskins will then interview candidates on site July 10 and 11 before camp officially starts July 25. Training camp lasts through August 16. It's free for fans, but parking will cost $5 for lots within walking distance.

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