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Lawmakers Play Ball to Raise Money for Cancer

February 14, 2013

By Kristen Smith
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – State legislators and lobbyists exchanged their suits and ties for T-shirts and shorts and headed from the halls of power to the basketball court to raise money for cancer research.

They gathered in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center on Tuesday night for the annual Capitol Square Basketball Classic to raise money for VCU’s Massey Cancer Center.

Members of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office teamed up and competed against the lobbyists in the first game. The House of Delegates and the Senate squared off in the second game.

Each team had enthusiastic support from family, friends and co-workers.

McDonnell’s team built a lead in the first quarter. But the lobbyists came back and claimed victory, 35-31.

In the second matchup, the Senate grabbed the lead during the first quarter. House members then stepped up their game and won, 35-25.

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was in attendance and played as a guest on the Senate team, scoring several points.

At the end of the night, it didn’t really matter who won the game, because the friendly competition was for a good cause: The event raised more than $15,000 in donations to the Massey Cancer Center to support cancer research.

To find out more about VCU’s Massey Cancer Center or to donate, visit

Gov. vs. Lobbyist Basketball

Gov. vs. Lobbyist Basketball