WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Capitol Hill showing its love for college football! Moving away from the partisan politics, lawmakers recently launched the Congressional College Football caucus.
"Anything that can captivate the country, I’m sure is going to be of interest on Capitol Hill and in Washington, D.C." said Rob Sgarlata, Head Football Coach at Georgetown University.
It's a game, but so much more, to so many. That is why lawmakers in Congress decided to create the Caucus. They want to highlight a sport important to so many Americans. Sgarlata says promoting this game in any way possible is vital, especially in Congress.
"I think it’s a really important experience for people to go through," said Sgarlata. "To have to work hard, and work through ups and downs while they’re in college to set them up for what they do afterwards...I think Congressional involvement is important because you get to highlight those aspects."
The Caucus promotes the importance of scholarships for athletes across the country. Without them, some might not get a higher education.
"I think anything that can protect that asset for those kids and for their future, I think it’s really important and it’s great that they’re taking up that cause," said Sgarlata.
Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX) is one of the lawmakers doing the bidding on Capitol Hill. As co-chair of the Caucus, he says it promotes the game but can also help out with any political issues surrounding football .
"We read all about it," said Williams. "There’s the, is it safe is it not safe. Parents are worried about this and that."
Critics often attack football because of concussions and, the impact the sport has on player health in general. Williams says addressing it in a bipartisan manner while promoting the good aspects of the sport are key for the Caucus.
"The main issue is look at all the futures and all the scholarships and all the education value it has," said Williams.
"For me one of the biggest joys I have is when our guys come back and I see what they’re doing after they’ve graduated," said Sgarlata. "So that’s really kind of the payoff for me."
The Caucus plans to involve the NCAA and schools across the country.