WASHINGTON (7News) — Word around Capitol Hill is that Congress is the closest it's ever been to passing both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and President Joe Biden's domestic agenda spending bill. So could a little gridiron football tonight get lawmakers even closer?
Members of Congress and former NFL players will face off against the U.S. Capitol Police for the 11th Annual Congressional Football Game for Charity. The game is a family-friendly event that includes entertainment and spirited competition on the field while bringing together Congressional and law enforcement communities in support of worthy causes.
This year the popular game will be played at Audi Field in Southwest D.C.
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Bipartisan Members of Congress and former NFL players face off against U.S. Capitol Police in the annual football game for charity. This year's game will benefit three non-profit organizations: The Capitol Police Memorial Fund, Our Military Kids, and A Advantage 4 Kids.
NFL Coaches this year will be Ken Harvey, former outside linebacker for the Washington Football Team, and John Booty, former defensive back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The USCP Captain is Jim Davis, a former Capitol Police officer, and the game's founder.
The Congressional Football Game was first organized to honor and support the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police and to support the families of fallen officers following the tragic shooting and death of Officer Jacob "JJ" Chestnut and Detective John Gibson at the U.S. Capitol. The biennial showdown features Members of Congress and former NFL players facing off against the U.S. Capitol Police.
In 1998, the two United States Capitol Police officers gave their lives to protect Congressmembers, Congressional staff, and visitors in the nation's Capitol. They were both shot and killed inside the Capitol rotunda.
This event is open to the public and tickets can be obtained here.