EXPRESS THANKS TO SEN. RICK SANTORUM–AND REPS. CHRIS SMITH AND JOHN SWEENEY FOR ONGOING LEADERSHIP ON ARMENIAN AMERICAN ISSUES
Bowie–MD–Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Leo Sarkissian Internship program participants cheered on supporters of Armenian American concerns at the 40th annual Congressional Baseball Game–held at Prince George’s Stadium last week.
Republicans and Democrats took the evening off to play 7 innings of baseball–with all proceeds going to charity. Six of the ANCA interns shouted out support for Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum–who later on took a photo with the group–pledged his support for Armenian American concerns and urged the interns to continue to participate actively in the American political process.
The interns had a special cheer for Armenian American Congressman John Sweeney (R-NY)–who got a base hit and scored a run–leading the Republicans to a 9 to 1 victory against the Democrats. Between innings–Rep. Sweeney spoke with ANCA interns and signed the "Armenia’s for Sweeney" placard the group had brought.
Following the game–the interns went on the field to speak to Rep. Chris Smith (R- NJ)–former chairman of the House Int’l Relations Subcommittee on Human Rights–who was a champion of the Armenian Genocide recognition effort during the last Congress. Rep. Smith–who expressed concern about the last minute retraction of the resolution–urged the interns to continue working towards the U.S. reaffirmation of the recognition of the Genocide and stressed the importance of Turkey’s acceptance of the historical truth.
Commenting on the game–ANCA intern Veronica Siran’sian had noted that–"Despite the traditional boredom of baseball games–seeing our elected officials attempt to play was entertaining and fun. More importantly–the game proved an excellent opportunity to meet our friends in Congress up close and thank them for thier support on a range of community concerns."
The ANCA Leo Sarkissian Internship program–now in its 17th year–is an extensive six week program in the nation’s capital–geared to train youth leaders in promoting Armenian American issues in their local communities.