NBC12 VIEWPOINT: The Redskins Have Come to Richmond

By: Kym Grinnage email

On Tuesday of this week, the Bon Secours Redskins Training Camp had its grand opening in Richmond.

Although the Redskins will not be here until July 25th, there was a sold-out crowd of fans, media, corporate representatives and city and state officials to celebrate the momentous occasion.

This project is a clear example of what can be done in record time when there is a plan, focus, commitment, private and public capital and manpower. When it was announced that the Redskins would be coming to Richmond, most felt that the time table to achieve the goal was insurmountable. It's obvious now that they were wrong.

I think this project is good for the Richmond region. Not only will the Redskins bring revenue to the Richmond area, but after the Redskins are done with training, the City of Richmond promises that the facility will be available for other sports events and community youth activities.

Bon Secours Virginia Health System will operate a full-service sports medicine and men's health facility on the site, in addition to bringing health care services and educational programs to the under-served Richmond community.

Of course, it will be the citizens who will have to play an active role in using the facility and holding everyone accountable for all that is planned when the Redskins are not here.

So the next time you find yourself in a meeting or discussion about what can or can't be accomplished in Richmond, use this project as an example of what can be done when there is less talk and more action.

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