The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, hosted the final "Friday Night Lights" of 2016 at J.L. Griffitts Stadium.
For the second Friday this season, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, teamed up to highlight a local high school football matchup. The game between the Westfield Bulldogs and the Herndon Hornets on Friday, October 28, was the final installment of this year’s “Friday Night Lights” series and incorporated the Salute to Service theme, highlighting the NFL’s military appreciation campaign.
On Friday, Oct. 28 the Friday Night Lights Salute to Service initiative was featured at the Herndon High School vs. Westfield High School football game.
As fans filed into J.L. Griffitts Stadium, they were greeted by Redskins Cheerleaders Maya and Kennedy who assisted the Herndon High School JV Football team as they distributed Redskins Salute t-shirts, rally towels and miniature American Flags to all fans in attendance.
Athletes from both teams were outfitted in camouflage socks and compression sleeves, and the stadium was complete with wall banners and goal post wraps that will be featured in the Redskins annual Salute to Service game on November 20 against Green Bay.
Prior to kickoff, all military members in attendance, active and veteran, were recognized for their time of service. Each service member stood and waived their flags, as they received a standing ovation from the fans, players and coaches.
Cadets from the Herndon High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) took part in the Presentation of the Colors during the National Anthem, played by the Pride of Herndon marching band.
Redskins Alumnus Derrick Dockery served as the honorary captain for both teams and was greeted by loud cheers from the crowd. Dockery was presented with the Redskins Salute Award at the 55th Annual Welcome Home Luncheon this offseason for his dedication to the United States Armed Forces. Derrick and his wife Emma are the founders of Yellow Ribbons United, which aims to support and honor America’s military families and veterans.