Whether for players or spectators, Northern Virginia’s got game.
By Vanessa LaFaso Stolarski
Spot for Geocaching
“FARM, FIELD AND FOREST”
Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization; www.novago.org
One of Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization’s top winners in their annual Best Cache contest was one made for families, according to organization president Chris Hughes. “Farm, Field, and Forest” is mapped out along Frying Pan Park, and offers a scenic walk through the farm where animal statues hold the coordinates. The last marker in the four-stage hike yields a cache that kids can trade and enjoy.
41601 Raspberry Drive, Leesburg; 703-779-2555; www.raspberryfalls.com
Co-Ed Team THE RANDOMS Arlington Athletic & Social Team When a few “random” individual players signed up to take part in the Arlington Athletic and Social League (AASL) summer softball league, owner Megan Shoup clumped them all together on the same team. The move was a homerun as the team went on to win the AASL Summer Softball Championship that season. The team spirit carried over into their personal lives, Shoup says, “They became good friends and have seen teammates get married, have babies or have milestone birthdays, and still get together regularly outside of AASL.”
Team Illusions; Arlington Girls Softball Assn.
Playing sports instills a number of valuable character traits: commitment, dedication, confidence to name a few. But acquiring these depends on inspiring leadership. Enter softball coach, Richard Roberts, who started the Arlington Girls Softball Association 14 years ago. With three daughters of his own (now in their twenties), Roberts has come to enjoy watching his teams grow up while they grow together. Asked what about his coaching style prompted this superlative honor, Roberts responds, “We win.” All humility aside, his record is impressive. In 14 seasons, his teams have won eight league championships, had four undefeated seasons and made a league record of a 38-game winning streak.
Who or what would you put at the head of the class in Northern Virginia & why?
“Frank Wolf has been a positive influence. He’s been tremendous on the community in the transportation world.”
BLUE RIDGE ARSENAL
14725 Flint Lee Road, # K, Chantilly; 703-818-0230; www.blueridgearsenal.com
A user-friendly, safety-oriented gallery, Blue Ridge owners Deborah and Earl Curtis make it their mission to be a responsible member of the community. “We pride ourselves on making everyone welcome, families, men and women,” Deborah Curtis says. Paintball HOGBACK MOUNTAIN 20217 Hogback Mountain Road, Leesburg; 703-777-0057; www.hogback.net Develop your best RPS, grab your mag and head to Hogback’s 70 acres. With 15 scenario fields, speed ball courses and wood fields and 15 years in the business, Hogback Mountain offers an experience pinged with possibilities.