On Wednesday, November 20th, residents of the DC area gathered at the DC Armory to watch the 6th Biennial Congressional Football Game for Charity where the US Capitol Police, “The Guards,” challenged the “Mean Machine” composed of members of Congress. The game benefited four charities including the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, Our Military Kids and A Advantage 4 Kids, Inc.
The game was a close matchup, but the Capitol Police came out on top with a final score of 39-24, earning them the “Longest Yard” trophy and bragging rights until the next game in Fall 2015.
Other highlights of the family-friendly event included a pre-game football camp for kids run by former NFL players, a half time performance by the Morgan State Marching Band, and an appreciation ceremony that paid tribute to select participants.
The charity game was founded to honor and remember two US Capitol Police officers, Detective John Gibson and Officer Jacob Chestnut, who gave their lives in 1998 while protecting the US Capitol, and is now held every two years.