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September 18, 2006

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Members, Capitol Police Square Off in 2006 “Longest Yard” Flag Football Game
“Inmates” and “Guards” set to rematch after first annual game ended in tie


(WASHINGTON, D.C) - Congressmen Rick Renzi (AZ-1), Tim Ryan (OH-17), Bill Shuster (PA-9) and Kendrick Meek (FL-17) today announced that the 2nd Annual “Longest Yard” Fall Classic Football game between Members of Congress – “The Inmates” - and the United States Capitol Police – “The Guards” - will take place on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at Gallaudet University at approximately 8 p.m.  Two dozen Members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, will be participating in the game, and will be coached by former Nebraska Head Coach (now Rep.) Tom Osborne.   All proceeds will go toward the Capitol Police Memorial Fund to help the families of slain Capitol Police Officers.

“The Capitol Police heroically and selflessly put their lives in harm’s way everyday to ensure that the Members, staff, and visitors are kept safe on the Capitol complex” said Congressman Renzi.  “This game is an opportunity for us to express our gratitude to the officers and their families for their courage and sacrifice while enjoying a little friendly competition.  We wish ‘the Guards’ the best of luck on the field.”

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) Memorial Fund was created after Detective John Gibson and Private First Class Jacob Chestnut were killed in the line of duty.  Established by Congress on August 7, 1998 (P.L. 105-223, H.R. 4354) the fund was originally intended to provide financial assistance to the widows and children of Officers Gibson and Chestnut.  However, in November 2005, the purpose of the fund was expanded to benefit the surviving spouses and minor children of any USCP employee killed in the line of duty, which now includes the family of Officer Eney who was killed in a training accident. 

WHAT: 2006 “Longest Yard” Fall Classic Flag Football Game between Members of Congress and the United States Capitol Police


THE COACH:  Tom Osborne (NE-3)

THE ANNOUNCER:  J.D. Hayworth (AZ-5)

THE PLAYERS:  Joe Baca (CA-43); Gresham Barrett (SC-3); Mary Bono (CA-45); Charlie Dent (PA-15); Jeff Flake (AZ-6); Harold Ford; (TN-9); Trent Franks (AZ-2); Jim Gerlach (PA-6); Sam Graves (MO-6); Jesse Jackson, Jr. (Ill-2); Ron Kind (WI-3); Jack Kingston (GA-1); Connie Mack (FL-14); Patrick McHenry (NC-10); Kendrick Meek (FL-17); Charles Pickering (MS-3); Rick Renzi (AZ-1); Paul Ryan (WI-1); Tim Ryan (OH-17); Bill Shuster (PA-9); Todd Tiahrt (KS-4); Anthony Weiner (NY-9)

WHEN: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 – 8 p.m. Kickoff (subject to last votes)

WHERE: Gallaudet University Football Field
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

ADMISSION:  FREE – donations welcome

Those wishing to make corporate or personal donations, may make checks payable to: Capitol Police Memorial Fund.  Donations will be accepted at the game or you can mail them to:

Capitol Police Memorial Fund

P.O Box 2601

Alexandria, VA 22301

Contact:  Patty Roe – (703) 577-7132

Donations are tax deductible and 100 percent of the proceeds are distributed to surviving family members of employees killed in the line of duty.


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