Group lobbies Congress with free-throw contest

The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 16, 2011; 6:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Paralympians and Olympians are lobbying Congress in a unique way - engaging members of Congress and their staffers in a free-throw shooting contest.

The group is asking Congress to continue $8 million in funding for the U.S. Olympic Committee's Paralympic Military Program, which provides post-rehabilitation support and mentoring to American servicemen and women.

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said that it is important to show support for Olympians and Paralympians and their work with wounded servicemen and women.

Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., was the best of his colleagues, making four of five attempts. Former Olympic basketball stars Teresa Edwards and Christian Laettner were the sharpest shooters of the group that came to Capitol Hill.

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