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Standalone p1 art for 9/29 issue: A game of quoits, anyone?

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 23, 2008

WSAZ-TV anchor Tim Irr throws a quoit during the annual President's Media Challenge tournament on the Marshall University campus as a part of Constitution
Week. (Photos by Rick Haye, Marshall University)

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp gets into the game of quoits. (Photo by Rick Haye, Marshall University)

WSAZ sports anchor Keith Morehouse plays quoits. The WSAZ team of Irr and Morehouse won the event for the third consecutive year. (Photo by Rick Haye, Marshall University)

Irr and Kopp in the heat of a quoits battle. (Photo by Rick Haye, Marshall University)

HUNTINGTON -– Marshall University recently concluded its annual Constitution Week festivities with that included a quoits tournament and a celebration of John Marshall's 253rd birthday.

Constitution Week is designed to recognize the signing of the United States Constitution and the birthday of Marshall University's namesake, John Marshall. Constitution Week officially runs from Wednesday, Sept. 17 (Constitution Day) through Wednesday, Sept. 24, which was John Marshall's birthday. The Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787.

The case of Marbury v. Madison formed the basis for the exercise of judicial review in the United States. Marshall wrote the landmark decision which established the power of the court to declare acts of Congress unconstitutional.

Constitution Week activities began Sept. 15 with an introduction to the game of quoits on Buskirk Field. Quoits is an ancient and little-known sport related to horseshoe pitching that dates back to the early days of Olympic discus throwers. Quoits are donut shaped and as literature from Marshall's John Deaver Drinko Academy relates, "If you can play horseshoes, you can play quoits."

"Quoits was John Marshall's favorite game," said Dr. Alan Gould, executive director of the Drinko Academy. "He played quoits every Saturday and was an expert member of the Richmond Quoits Club."

On Sept. 18 after a campus tournament, Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp and members of the media played quoits.

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