NOTE: This piece was originally released for publication in February 2016.
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center on Tuesday hosted the eighth annual Capitol Square Classic basketball games, as members of the governor’s office faced off against lobbyists and delegates faced off against senators, all to raise money for the Massey Cancer Center.
Nearly $40,000 was raised through sponsorships and donations. Government officials were joined in the two games by NASCAR’s Elliott Sadler, as well as NBA players Ben Wallace and Chris Copeland. For the first game of the night, lobbyists vs. the governor’s office, Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in attendance and helped coach his team on the sidelines.
The bulk of the audience was made up by the pages of the General Assembly, who are all 13 or 14. They showed their civic pride during the Senate vs. House game with spirited chanting and large signs, supporting one team or the other.
The VCU Peppas were joined by the VCU dance team and Henrico High School’s band in performing during the event. John Fredericks, host of a popular radio talk show on politics and other issues, provided lively commentary throughout the two games.