Members of the Washington Renegades rugby club (right) face off against players from American University at a recent match.
“He thinks it’s good that we have a lot of athletes in the office so he has always, as you can imagine, placed a lot of emphasis on physical fitness and staying in shape, so he enjoys the fact that we are all engaged in athletic endeavors,” Heaton says.
And then there’s the competition.
Dave Turner, former finance manager for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, compares playing for the Renegades to a political campaign and said he sees the sport as a “game of wills.”
“I worked on the campaign side, and campaigns are inherently competitive, so that’s certainly something I translate to the team,” he said. “When you work on the Hill, you’re part of a team and you work with lots of different people and personalities to will the team toward a singular goal, just like in rugby.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., walks on Broadway after a Future Forum with young entrepreneurs in the Flatiron District of New York City, April 16, 2015. Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., also attended.