Arne Duncan Plays Pickup Basketball at Georgetown
During the summer, it's great to live in the Washington area for basketball diehards like yours truly.
Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education, just proved why this past weekend.
Every weekend in July, current and former college basketball players converge on Georgetown University's on-campus gymnasium for a summer basketball league called Kenner League (or as it's now officially known, "The Nike Pro-City League").
Apparently, the secretary of education had an open invite, as Duncan laced up the old basketball shoes on Sunday and took to the court as a member of team "Can't Be Stop," according to multiple reports from the event.
According to Pat Curran of The Hoya, Georgetown's student newspaper, Duncan "was actually able to hold his own against much younger competition."
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post's D.C. Sports Bog compiled the reaction from Twitter, which largely revolved around disbelief. Sure, it's not uncommon to see current NBA players like Greg Monroe, Roy Hibbert, or Kevin Durant around the halls of McDonough Arena, but... the secretary of education?
As has been covered here before, Duncan carved out a professional basketball career in Australia back in the late 1980s, before turning his focus to education. In fact, this past February, he was named honorary co-MVP of the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, sending Twitter into a frenzy.
Duncan also laid low last May after struggling with severe back pain that originated from a sports injury. The pain was only exacerbated by his cross-country travel schedule, Justin Hamilton, a spokesman for the Dept. of Ed., said at the time.
According to Steinberg's report, it's unclear at this time if the secretary's appearance at Georgetown this past weekend was a one-time occurrence or if we should expect to see him back this summer.
One thing's for certain: With the men's and women's Olympic basketball teams in town this coming weekend, this blogger will be stationed on Georgetown's campus for most of his waking hours, in case they pay a visit to Kenner. So, I'll see Duncan there if he does show up again.
If Duncan thought approving states for No Child Left Behind waivers was tough, just imagine trying to defend LeBron James and Kevin Durant on the court.
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