HUNTINGTON – Marshall University will once again celebrate Constitution Week this year with its annual Marshall 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 Wednesday, Sept. 9, and concludes Friday, Sept. 11. Teams are forming now.

To register now, call Kristen Pack at 304-696-3183 or e-mail her at milhoan4@marshall.edu. Or, register Sept. 8 by stopping by the quoits pits at the west end of Buskirk Field on the Huntington campus between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, 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 United States 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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