Congress members swap hill hallways for the basketball court
March 31st, 2011
03:27 PM ET
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Congress members swap hill hallways for the basketball court

Washington (CNN) Members of Congress took to the courts Wednesday night in a Georgetown University Law Center sponsored charity basketball game against the "Hoya Lawya" law faculty.

The 24th annual "Home Court" game raised over $400,000 for the Washington Legal Clinic for the homeless, according to event chair Jill Collins.

Swapping their tailored suits for jerseys and basketball shorts, the "Hill's Angels" congressional team gave took on the Georgetown law staff and won, 61-46.

Sen. John Thune, one of the evening's stars, scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Republican senator from South Dakota, who announced last month he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, played basketball in high school and college.

In fact, Thune's interest in politics was sparked at a young age after making five of six free throws during a freshman high school basketball game, where he was greeted by a spectator who told him, "I noticed you missed one." The spectator happened to be well-known sports enthusiast and U.S. Representative Jim Abdnor. The introduction was the start of a friendship that ignited John's career in public service, AshLee Strong, Thune's Press Secretary told CNN.

"It was an honor to serve as a co-chair of the 24th annual Home Court charity basketball game. Last night's game was a great time, and raised valuable resources to help serve the homeless in our nation's Capitol," Thune said.

Another one of the team's assets was Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who had a game high of 15 points. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was another all-star, helping the team score a win with nine points, event chair Collins told CNN.

The only dunk of the game came courtesy of special guest player, Reggie Love, the well-known personal assistant to President Obama.

Other members of the congressional team were Democrats Rep. Joe Baca of California, Texas Rep. Gene Green, Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre, Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, California Rep. Laura Richardson, and Pennsylvania Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Well, let's hear what the cynics have to say about this. This comes entirely too close to resembling cooperation for some folks. Instead of sleeping with the enemy, they have been shooting with the enemy. Gee. That even sounds bad.

    March 31, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Arne Duncan is the only one out of all them who actually has some game. What is John thune doing in the line up?!?!

    March 31, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Kevin

    So the President can't fill out an NCAA bracket, but members of congress can actually play?
    Will we now hear the "they have more important things to be doing" argument from the right? My guess is no.

    March 31, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Shouldn't they be focusing on jobs, jobs, jobs?

    March 31, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Well, as long as they're not filling out NCAA brackets for 6 minutes and actually playing basketball for a few hours, then I suppose that's fine. We'll all just wait for the economy to fix itself and the obscenely wealthy to offer to donate their ill-gotten gains to the government to fix the revenue problem.

    March 31, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Sgt Schultz

    The Republicans are so jealous that Obama will school them in basketball. Tall , lefty , with a great 3 point shot.

    March 31, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |