Named in honor of Benita Fitzgerald,Olympic Gold Medalist - 100 Meter Hurdles,XXIII Olympiad - 1984 · Pan American Games Champion - 1983 · U.S. National Champion - 1983 and 1986.
Benita was born in Warrenton, Virginia on July 6, 1961 and attended Prince William County schools until her graduation from Gar-Field High School in 1979. She attended the First Mount Zion Baptist Church, was a member of the Dalelites, the Dale City Lassie League, the Gar-Field Symphonic Track Team, Symphonic Band, and the National Honor Society. Benita is a 1984 graduate of University of Tennessee with a degree in industrial engineering and 15 All-America titles. She is an inductee in the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame. Benita was named "Sportswomen of the 20th Century" by the Potomac News. Her parents, Rodger and Fannie Fitzgerald, are long-standing Prince William County residents.