The GW softball team took a morning off from practice Thursday to tour one of DC's most recognizable representations of our nation's government, the Capitol building. On the morning after the presidential hopefuls engaged in their first debate of the year, GW's Atlantic 10 runner-up squad put current politics aside to gain insight into the historical context surrounding that large white structure at the far end of the mall.
Former Congressman from Maine Jim Longley led the tour and recounted the history of the Capitol while pointing out the architectural and artistic mastery found throughout the building. During the tour, Longley shared stories of the great leadership displayed by George Washington that helped shape his fledgling nation. The discussion of leadership was appropriate for the time.
"I found it quite fitting that [Langley] emphasized this because we value leadership here within the GW athletics department. At a time when the softball team is choosing the 2012-13 captains, it was very fitting to learn how influential George Washington was, and more importantly, in a way that highlighted his integrity," said third-year head coach Stacey Schramm.
The Buff and Blue-clad student-athletes enjoyed their private tour and left with a newfound respect for the government and its intricate history."We learned a lot about our nation's history and the leadership and time that went into laying the foundations for the country we live in today," said senior outfielder Autumn Taylor. "I hope that learning about those individuals will help us grow as a team and realize how influential we can be as we rewrite the history of GW softball."