At Chatham University’s Athletic Field all day Saturday, November 1st, 45 girls from three under 14 girls soccer teams from Mount Lebanon, West Mifflin and West Virginia competed in friendly round robin games at the second Citizen Athlete SoccerFest of 2008 (the first occurred at Robert Morris University’s Island Sports Center last August). The SoccerFest is a celebration of the historic upcoming presidential election mixing soccer play with voter education games promoting participatory citizenship and sportsmanship.
The Chatham SoccerFest was organized around the University’s Womens Soccer Team’s final home game of the season versus Westminster College during an annual Family and Friends Weekend Celebration held on Chatham’s elegant Shadyside campus. The SoccerFest benefited “EveryBody Vote”, a local coalition of non-partisan and non-profit voter education organizations.
The day of continuous soccer action began with an inspired group “Warm-up like a collegian” aerobic for the three youth teams led by Chatham star players. The University’s players and U14 girls also traded sideline ball hawking services on the plush new fieldturf synthetic grass surface on a beautiful autumn day.
In breaks between soccer games, teams participated in both athletic and academic skills contests, showing off their finely-tuned American Civics and Sports Trivia knowledge as well as their kicking and goal scoring abilities. Medals and ribbons for both physical and mental game winners were awarded. Additionally for all - mock voting and voter registration was available. In the Mock Election, Barack Obama edged John McCain by a mere 6 votes.
In the soccer friendlies, West Mifflin won the day going undefeated. The games were officiated by very capable referees from the Dynamo Soccer Association (Bob Shreve, Frank Correnti, Erik Schmidt, Alex Brown and Josh Axelrod). Participating coaches Girish Thakar (Westminister Titans), Jaime Retersdorf, (Chatham Cougars), Frank Sullivan (Mount Lebanon Kickers), Greg Bourke (West Mifflin Titans) and Cornelius Adamah and Doug Sharpe (West Virginia Fusion) - remained true to the event’s good sportsmanship theme through the 7 games played where not one yellow or red card was issued.
Winners of the Sports Skills Contests included:
Soccer Target: 1stPlace: Nichole Hammack (West Mifflin); 2nd Place: Jenny Evans (Mount Lebanon); 3rd Place: Alyssa Battaglia (Mount Lebanon); 4th Place: Chanel Burner (West Virginia) 5th Place: Sara Allas (West Mifflin); 6th Place: Emma Wise (West Virginia).
Radar Velocity: 1st Place: Chanel Burner (West Virginia); 2nd Place: Sujorden Miller (West Virginia); 3rd Place: Andrea Racic (Mount Lebanon); 4th Place: Nichole Hammack (West Mifflin); 5th Place: Gabrielle Mooney (West Mifflin); 6th Place: Lauren Allas (West Mifflin).
Sportsmanship/Citizenship Quiz: 1st Place: Kathryn Sharpe (West Virginia); 2nd Place: Cheyenne Smith (West Mifflin); 3rd Place: Morgan Rubosky (West Mifflin); 4th Place: Charlotte Vester (West Virginia); 5th Place: Kristina Faupel (West Mifflin); 6th Place Sara Mundell (West Virginia).
Below is the kid-friendly Citizen Athlete Quiz to rack you and/or your family’s brain over on Election Night (see answer key in comments of this blog.)
Finally, invitations to attend the games were delivered to John McCain and Barack Obama in the hope that they would drop by to show Pittsburgh and the world just who got game. Unfortunately they didn’t make it. Hopefully they will realize, as the late Senator Eugene McCarthy aptly quipped – that...“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”.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Who is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the USA?
A) General Mills B) General Store C) President Bush D) Joe Paterno E) Major Harris
2. How old do citizens of the United States have to be to vote?
A) 21 B) 32 C) 16 D) 18 E) 25 F) 10
3. What is the highest Court in the United States?
A) The Mitchell Committee B) The Supreme Court C) Judge Judy D) Randy, Paula and Simon
4. What is NOT a right of all United States Citizens?
A) freedom of speech B) freedom of worship C) the right to drive a car D) the right to bear arms
5. Who decides who becomes President?
A) The Electoral College B) Penn State University C) The Popular Vote D) The Supreme Court
6. What National Hockey league team has gone the longest without winning a Stanley Cup?
A) Pittsburgh Penguins B) Chicago Blackhawks C) Montreal Canadians D)Anaheim Mighty Ducks
7. What NFL team was caught spying on other teams including the Steelers?
A) Denver Broncos B) Duluth Bulldogs C) New England Patriots D) McKeesport Little Tigers
8. What is the name of the current President of the United States?
A) Sidney Crosby B) Luke Ravenstahl C) Bill Clinton D) George W. Bush
9. If President Bush can no longer serve, who would become President?
A) Charlie Batch B) Dick Chainey C) Laura Bush D) Al Gore E) Simon Cowell
10. Who said to a Congressional Drugs Committee “I’m not here to talk about the past” ?
A) Jose Conseco B) Barry Bonds C) O J Simpson D) Mark McGuire E) Pacman Jones
11. Who has a tattoo on his arm of his wife’s name in Hindu but it is spelled wrong?
A) David Beckham B) Jason Bay C) Barack Obama D) Troy Polamalu
12. What NY Yankee player has his own cologne brand?
A) Reggie Jackson B) Derek Jeter C) Andy Pettite D) Yogi Berra
13. A Presidential term runs for how many years?
A) four years B) two years C) six years D) for life
14. When asked by a reporter how he felt about making more money than the President of the United States what baseball player answered: “Well, I guess I had a better year!”?
A) Lou Gehrig B) Barry Bonds C) Honus Wagner D) Babe Ruth E) Alex Rodriguez
15. A Senator’s term runs for how many years?
A) 8 years B) 6 years C) 4 years D) for life
16. In what sport does the referee have the absolute say even over the rules of the game?
A) Baseball B) Football C) Soccer E) Basketball F) Ice Hockey
17. Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?
A) Longfellow Deeds B) Robert E Lee C) Ben Franklin D) U. S. Grant E) Lou Gehrig
18. What Pennsylvanian did NOT sign the Declaration of Independence?
A) Ben Franklin B) Robert Morris C) George Clymer D) Westin William Penn E) James Wilson
19. What was the first National Holiday declared by George Washington in 1789?
A) Thanksgiving B) July 4th C) Columbus Day D) Veterans Day E) Labor Day F) Mother’s Day
20. Where is the Constitution and Declaration of Independence safely stored?
A) Nicolas Cage’s basement B) FBI Building C) Capitol Building D) National Archives Building
21. The Library of Congress contains:
A) Books you can take out about US History B) The President’s Book of Secrets
C) Every published piece of literature in the world D) Sticky candy vending machines
22. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
A) Memorial Day Weekend B) January 1st C) Anytime the Movie comes on D) July 4th
23. If there were no professional sports diehard fans would
A) Be forced to talk to our families B) become responsible citizens and maybe even vote
C) Have to pay reasonable prices for a hot dog and nachos D) all of the above
24. In what city were the 1936 Olympics held when Jesse Owens sprinted past Adolf Hitler’s notions of genetic superiority?
A) Athens, Greece B) Munich, Germany C) Berlin, Germany D) Tokyo, Japan
25. When fans booed Jackie Robinson’s appearance in Major League baseball, what Dodger teammate put his arm around him?
A) Duke Snider B) Pee Wee Reese C) Willie Mays D) Gil Hodges E) Ty Cobb
26. Michael Jordon was NOT one of these things
A) An underwear Salesman B) A professional baseball player C) The greatest basketball player D) President of the Charlotte Bobcats E) an American Idol contestant
27. Legendary college basketball coach Bobby Knight is known for his
A) Bad Temper B) Winning teams C) Charitable Giving D) all of the above
28. St Louis Cardinal baseball manager Tony LaRussa is NOT one of these things:
A) Vegetarian B) World Series Champion C) a lawyer D) sunglasses salesman
29. Jim Leyland, once our Pittsburgh Pirate’s winning manager, is NOT
A) Crusty and weathered B) a cigarette smoker C) a brilliant baseball manager
30. Who is the Governor of Pennsylvania?
A) Lynn Swann B) Matt Smith C) Ed Rendell D) Vince Gastgeb E) Bob Casey
31. What city has NOT been the Capitol of the United States?
A) Hershey B) New York C) Philadelphia D) Washington DC E) Annapolis
32. How old do you have to be to run for President?
A) 18 B) 21 C) 35 D) 45 E) 55
33. How old do you have to be to run for one of the US Senate’s 100 jobs?
A) 18 B) 21 C) 30 D) 40 E) 50
34. How old do you have to be to run for one of the US House of Representatives 435 jobs?
A) 18 B) 21 C) 25 D) 30 E) 40
35. Who is the President of the US Senate and its 101st member and tie-breaker?
A) The Speaker of the House B) Supreme Court Chief Justice C) The Vice President
D) The First Lady
36. If you are “on the band wagon” you are
A) Riding in a parade B) Voting for whoever is ahead in the polls C) Playing the tuba
D) playing the lottery
37. What was George W Bush’s occupation from 1989-94?
A) Teacher at Harvard University B) Managing General Partner of the Texas Rangers C) Rodeo Clown D) Ambassador to Saudi Arabia E) Gas Station Attendant
38. What was Bill Clinton’s occupation before he became President in 1992?
A) Governor of Arkansas B) Saxaphone Player C) Playboy Magazine Editor D) Teacher at Princeton University E) Peanut Farmer
39. Approximately how many people live in the United States?
A) 50 million B) 100 million C) 200 Million D) 300 million E) a gazillion
40. A comedian once said that what you have in Pennsylvania is Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west, and what in between?
A) Potholes B) Alabama C) The Steagles D) Breezewood E) The Amish
41. The supreme law of the our land is
A) Declaration of Independence B) The Constitution C) Gettysburg address D) Wives E) Pittsburgh Steeler Playbook
42. The idea of self government is expressed in the first three words of the Constitution, which are
A) Liberty and justice B) Four score and C) We the People D) It’s a Heartache
43. Who makes Laws?
A) Supreme Court B) Congress C) The President D) Homer Simpson E) Bud Selig
44. What former NFL QB ran for vice president on Bob Dole’s Republican ticket in 1992?
A) Dan Marino B) Jack Kemp C) Kordell Stewart D) Johnny Unitas E) Joe Namath
45. What former NY Knicks basketball superstar challenged Al Gore for the 2000 democratic presidential nomination?
A) Walt Frazier B) Wilt Chamberlain C) Bill Walton D) Bill Bradley E) Julius Erving
46. Who was the first Jewish major party VP nominee in American history?
A) Sammy Davis Jr B) Joe Lieberman C) Hank Greenberg D) Billy Crystal E) Jon Stewart
47. Who was the first First Lady to ever run for the U.S. Senate from the White House?
A) Hillary Clinton B) Sarah Palin C) Nancy Reagan D) Barbara Bush E) Betty Boop
48. Who said “Age is mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”
A) Sachel Paige B) Abe Lincoln C) John McCain D) John Franco E) Willie Mays
49. Who said “Domestic policy can only lose elections. Foreign policy can kill us all”?
A) Richard Nixon B) John Kennedy C) Ronald Reagan D) Barack Obama
50. What coach said “Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we’”?
A) Knute Rockne B) Chuck Noll C) Phil Jackson D) Casey Stengel E) Gene Klein
51. Who said “We must scrunch or be scrunched”?
A) Charles Dickens B) Bill Bellicheck C) Sarah Palin D) Teddy Roosevelt E) Vince Lombardi
52. Who said “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you?
A) Sachel Paige B) John McCain C) Roger Clemens D) Barry Bonds E) Bonnie and Clyde
53. Who said “the trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”
A) Richard Nixon B) Lily Tomlin C) George Carlin D) Jimmy Carter E) Blaze Starr
54. Who said “Ninety per cent of the game is half mental”?
A) Yogi Berra B) George W Bush C) Bill Clinton D) Andy Van Slyke E) Bud Selik
55. What celebrity in Cincinnati has not been an embarrassment?
A) Bengals player Chris Henry B) Reds former owner Marge Schott C) former Mayor Jerry Springer D) Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. E) Reds former player Pete Rose
56. About what basketball player and aspiring future Governor of Alabama did Danny Ainge once remark “I’ve known a lot of bad guys pretending to be good guys, but he is the only good guy pretending to be a bad guy I’ve ever known”
A) Michael Jordon B) Charles Barkley C) Larry Bird D) Allen Iverson
57. What former Baseball Commissioner said “ Unlike war, sex, religion and politics, baseball was within a young boys reach. He could read the newspaper and listen to the radio and know that this game was important and that these men were great men, and then he could go out in the afternoon and emulate their acts”
A) Bart Giamatti B) Casey Stengel C) Bud Selig D) Ford Frick
58. About what baseball player did author David Halberstam write “the timing in 1947 was impeccable. It was the perfect moment to create a broader, more inclusive definition of American Democracy. For it took place right after the victory over Nazi Germany and authoritarian Japan in a great war which was viewed all over the world as good over evil”
A) Willie Mays B) Joe DiMaggio C) Mickey Mantle D) Jackie Robinson
59. What movie star celebrity did not become an elected politician?
A) Shirley Temple B) Ronald Reagan C) Clint Eastwood D) George Clooney
60. Which celebrity athlete did not become an elected politician?
A) Jim Bunning B) Jesse Ventura C) Bill Bradley D) Jack Kemp E) Terry Bradshaw
61. What team threw (purposely lost) the 1919 World Series?
A) St Louis Browns B) Chicago White Sox C) New York Yankees D) Brooklyn Dodgers
62. Senator Hillary Clinton is returning to her “day job”. What is her “day job?”
A) Cooking dinner for Bill B) Writing a book C) Fundraising for Obama
D) Being a US Senator representing New York
63. Who said “He who slings mud looses ground”
A) Confucius B) Bill Clinton C) Bo Diddy D) Chris Rock E) Mean Joe Greene
64. PNC Park’s right field wall is 21 feet high in honor of what former Pirate player?
A) Dave Parker B) Roberto Clemente C) Paul Waner D) Ki Ki Cuyler E) Xavier Nady
65. Who was the only sitting U.S. President to attend a pirate game?
A) William Taft B) Bill Clinton C) George Bush Jr D) Herbert Hoover
66. Which Pittsburgh athlete has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated 13 tmes?
A) Dan Marino B) Tony Dorsett C) Hines Ward D) Arnold Palmer E) Barry Bonds
67. Why is having synthetic turf installed at Heinz field an improbability?
A) Global warming B) expensive geothermal heating system below field
C) The Rooneys love natural grass D) Steelers love to play in mud
68. Who was not an owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates?
A) Kevin McClatchy B) Barney Dreyfuss C) John Galbreath D) Bob Nutting E) Mark Cuban
69. What kind of balls does singer Rod Stewart routinely kick out to his concert fans?
A) Footballs B) Soccer balls C) Volleyballs D) Rugby balls
70. In what song are the words “From California to the New York Island, this land was made for you and me”?
A) America the Beautiful B) Land before Time C) This Land is your Land D) Yankee Doodle
71. In what song are the words “Beat the drum and hold the phone, the sun came out today. We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field.”?
A) Centerfield B) Take me out to the ballgame C) Who’s on First? D) Glory Days
72. In the movie “A League of their Own” what actor said “there’s no crying in baseball!”?
A) John Wayne B) Tom Hanks C) Geena Davis D) Robert Redford E) Kevin Costner
73. What dying NY Yankee player said” I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth”?
A) Babe Ruth B) Mickey Mantle C) Lou Gehrig D) Billy Martin E) Joe DiMaggio
74. When going for a foul ball in the stands you may knock over
A) kids B) elderly C) disabled D) women E) any grown man wearing a glove
75. Who wrote “For when the Great Scorekeeper comes to write against your name
He marks – not that you won or lost – But how you played the game.”
A) Mark Twain B) Bob Prince C) Harry Carey D) Grandland Rice E) Rick Reilly
True or False Questions
1. T or F Our American flag has 13 stripes because they represent the 13 original colonies
2. T or F When playing a sport becomes a job it is probably not as much fun
3. T or F Richard Nixon was the first President to witness a triple play while at a game.
4. T or F When a NY Yankees home game concludes, “New York, New York “ is played
5. T or F At 47, Barack Obama is the youngest presidential candidate since JFK
6. T or F At 72, Republican Candidate John McCain is the oldest presidential candidate
7. T or F George W Bush has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
8. T or F Vice President Martin van Buren was the last VP to bring loaded pistols to work with him while presiding over the U. S. Senate.
9. T or F When Lincoln was accused of being two-faced, he replied “Now I ask you, if I had another face, would I be using this one?”
10. T or F 1912 in America, the Titanic went down, the Boston Red Sox opened Fenway Park, the fourth down was added to football, Suffragettes marched on New York’s Fifth Avenue demanding women’s vote and there was no personal income tax. It was also the year which saw a sitting president (Taft), a past president (Teddy Roosevelt) and a future president (Wilson) in a three way battle for the White House.
11. T or F Robert Taft was the last President to keep a cow in Washington.
12. T or F In 1960, Americans chose the youngest man ever elected president – Jack Kennedy – to succeed the oldest man at that time to ever hold the office – Dwight Eisenhower
13. T or F In 1964, Ben Hur was the Best Picture, the new 50-state flag was unfurled to include Alaska and Hawaii, Red Sox Ted Williams homered in his last at bat, Yankee Casey Stengel was fired after winning ten pennants in twelve years and “The Great Debates” between Nixon and Kennedy brought presidential politics into the TV era.
14. T or F In the 1988 presidential election, all three candidates (Bush, Clinton and Gore) were left handed.
15. T or F Because of WWII, in 1943 the Steelers joined with the Eagles to become the Steagles
16. T or F Most of the Founding Fathers were actually smugglers who opposed British taxes and tariffs
17. T or F “Yankee Doodle” was an insulting term used by the British to describe American colonists
18. T or F During the American Revolutionary War, George Washington fought nine battles, winning only three.
19. T or F “Old Hickory” Andrew Jackson defeat of the British in the Battle of New Orleans in 1814 was unique because the battle was fought after the war was already over.
20. T or F In 1492, Christopher Columbus made his America-discovering voyage partly to prove that the Earth was round.
21. T or F Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGuire, Marian Jones and Sammy Sosa probably took performance enhancing drugs
22. T or F Ted Williams not only was the last baseball player to hit over .400 but he also was the last to serve in two wars sacrificing 5 years of his career
23. T or F Soccer’s World Cup is the most watched sporting event on earth
24. T or F The Pittsburgh Pirates earned their name by stealing players from other clubs
25. T or F It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you place the blame
(see key within the comments)