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November 14, 2008
Contact: Larry Evans 412-445-2951

Ten middle school girls basketball and soccer teams will compete in the Citizen Athlete SportsFest at the historic Carnegie Library of Homestead on December 29 and 30, 2008.

The two-day Homestead Sportsfest is organized to celebrate the inspiring 2008 presidential election year with soccer and basketball tournament play mixed with voter education games promoting participatory citizenship and sportsmanship. The event will benefit the Homestead Library Foundation which has recently experienced cutbacks due to the downturn in the economy.

Between tournament games, teams participate in both athletic and academic skills contests, showing off their finely-tuned American Civics and Sports Trivia knowledge as well as their swimming, running, throwing and goal scoring abilities. Medals and ribbons for both physical and mental game winners are awarded.

Invitations to attend the games have been extended to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and Sarah Palin. As the late Senator Eugene McCarthy aptly quipped, “Coaches and Politicians have a lot in common. They both have to be smart enough to know the game and dumb enough to think it’s important”.

Citizen Athlete events began in 2008. The first event was at Robert Morris University’s Island Sports Center on Neville Island on August 2, 2008, and Chatham University hosted the November 1 event with 27 youth soccer teams from Western PA and West Virginia.

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