WASHINGTON (Gray DC) – The 12th Annual Congressional Soccer Game kicked off Wednesday night in Washington, DC with members of Congress and former NFL (The Mean Machine) soccer players taking on the US Capitol Police. United (The Guards).
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) says this event is a great way to build camaraderie with Capitol Hill leaders and police.
âIt’s a good thing for charity, and to make sure it ends and starts the right way, and it’s because everything is being done to bring us together,â Sessions said.
Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) Agrees. He says this event is something he is looking forward to.
“There’s a lot of camaraderie when we practice because it’s Republicans, Democrats practicing together, and it’s actually a good bonding experience, especially after this last year where there has been a lot of tension,” Bacon said.
The coaches were former NFL player John Booty for The Mean Machine and former Capitol Constable Jim Davis. In an interview with Nicole Neuman of the Gray Television Washington News Bureau, the pair joked about which team has the most wins.
The Congressional Football Game was launched in 2004 to honor and support the United States Capitol Police and the families of deceased officers. This year’s game takes on added significance for the Guards following the Jan.6 breach on Capitol Hill.
United States Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn has been playing this game for several years.
“It hasn’t hit me yet,” Dunn said. “I had thought about it a few days before and all that. And yes, he did. Like I said, it’s for a good cause. It’s for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, and the fact of having officers who fell this year in particular, it strikes a little closer to home. “
The game is expected to raise over $ 600,000 for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund and other charities. Organizers of the event say it’s “just in time” because the memorial fund is in “desperate need”.
The Guards beat the Mean Machine 26-6.
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