Quoits tournament highlights Constitution Week activities


Quoits_DWaugamanMarshall  is once again celebrating Constitution Week this year with its annual  Quoits Tournament for faculty, staff, students, fraternities and sororities.

Quoits, which is similar to horseshoes, was John Marshall’s favorite game. Quoits are rings of iron that, like horseshoes, are pitched at stakes.

The 10th annual Marshall Quoits Tournament begins today and concludes Friday, Sept. 11.

Here is the complete schedule for the tournament:

Wednesday, Sept. 9 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., quoits play begins;

Thursday, Sept. 10 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., quoits play continues;

Friday, Sept. 11 – Quoits finals; times to be announced.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., Interim President Gary G. White will cut a large cake in celebration of John Marshall’s birthday. That will take place at the west end of Buskirk Field, and will be followed by the 10th annual President’s Invitational Quoits Challenge with members of the local media and community leaders at 11:30 a.m. on Buskirk. Free cake, kettle corn and punch will be served.

Each team in the quoits competition consists of two players.

Constitution Week, which this year is officially Sept. 17-23, was started by the late U. S. Senator Robert C. Byrd to draw attention to the important document that our system of government is based upon, said Dr. Alan Gould, director of the Drinko Academy, which sponsors Constitution Week activities.

Constitution Day 2015 is Sept. 17.

“Included within federal legislation that was passed in 2004 was a provision requiring schools and federal agencies to set some time aside to study the U.S. Constitution,” Gould said. “The Drinko Academy is a proud sponsor of these events and looks forward to celebrating Constitution Week and the birthday of our namesake, Chief Justice John Marshall.”

Another public event for Constitution Week is Monday, Sept. 14, when the winner of the seventh annual Dan O’Hanlon Essay Competition will be announced. A brief ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the John Marshall Room of the Memorial Student Center.

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Photo: Student Body President Duncan Waugaman pitches a quoit at last year’s media invitational tournament.