The Congressional Football Game for Charity Recruiting Reception
Last night, the USA Cheerleaders had the honor of attending The Congressional Football Game for Charity Recruiting Reception held at the American Legion in Washington DC.
Started in 2004, 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.
The biennial showdown features Members of Congress and former NFL players facing off against U.S. Capitol Police. 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.
In 1998, two United States Capitol Police officers, Officer Jacob “JJ” Chestnut and Detective John Gibson, gave their lives to protect Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and visitors in the nation’s Capitol.
Congressman Rick Renzi from Arizona led an effort to find a fitting way to recognize the two officers’ sacrifice and lend support to the families they left behind. The effort eventually gave rise to the Charity Football Game. In the years that followed, former Washington Redskins Linebacker and Pro-Bowler Ken Harvey and former Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback John Booty came on board to help coach, play, and organize the football game.