WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Valor announced today announced that Tracy Belton, the 2016 Arena Football Defensive Player of the Year has signed with the team. The Valor will kick off their inaugural season, presented by MedStar, on April 7 at Verizon Center. Belton spent the 2016 season with the Philadelphia Soul and led the team with 90.0 total tackles, 20 pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He led the league in interceptions, finishing with nine for 129 yards and three defensive touchdowns. “We are very excited to have Tracy join the Valor in our inaugural season,” said head coach Dean Cokinos. “Belton is a pure football player and a fierce competitor. He is from the area where he has strong family ties. He is exactly the type of player that will help us build our brand in the D.C. area. Furthermore, he has a long standing relationship with our coaching staff and he essentially will be a coach on the field for us. We have been through many battles together, it is great to have Tracy with us.” A six-year AFL veteran, Belton has played for the Georgia Force, Jacksonville Sharks, New Orleans Voodoo and Orlando Predators. The team also signed OL Anthony Parker and rookie OL Keyon Haughton of the University of Kansas. Parker spent his first year in the AFL on the roster of the L.A. KISS and Arizona Rattlers. Cokinos added, “We are excited about the signing of these two talented players as they fit our style of play. For the Valor, it is important that we build around a solid group of guys up front and these two big men will add value to our roster.” Full season-ticket memberships are currently on sale for the inaugural season by joining our Valor Gridiron 365 Club. Full season tickets start at just $15 per game and include year-round, all-encompassing benefits as a part of your membership. Fans can secure their season tickets for the Valor by calling 202-661-5005 or visiting http://www.washingtonvalor. com/365 . For more information on joining the Gridiron 365 Club e-mail our membership team at firstname.lastname@example.org . Single game tickets for the 2017 season will go on sale to the general public in the coming weeks. The full promotional schedule, including giveaways, theme nights and food and beverage specials, plus the entire broadcast schedule release is forthcoming. The Washington Valor are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The company also owns and operates the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. MSE also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex– the training facility for the Washington Capitals and EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. Monumental Sports Network, a digital platform that covers the region’s sports and entertainment news, is also owned by MSE. Visit www.washingtonvalor.com for more information.