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Spotted: BudgetBall Champions

By Ed O'Keefe

David Walker, left, former comptroller general and now CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, poses with winners of the inaugural BudgetBall Tournament on the National Mall on Saturday (Photo courtesy of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation)

Washington, D.C gets first dibs if they ever build a BudgetBall Hall of Fame.

Dozens of employees of the Treasury Department, House Budget Committee and Office of Management and Budget joined think tankers and college students on Saturday for the inaugural BudgetBall Tournament on the National Mall.

Similar to Ultimate Frisbee, the National Academy of Public Administration developed the game with backing from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a group devoted to raising public awareness on the nation's economic crisis.

Two teams of six to 10 players play in an area roughly the size of a basketball court. Teams score points by passing a ball to players in the end zone, while also managing "Budgetbucks." The bucks can be earned, borrowed or spent. Read detailed rules of the game here. (Might BudgetBall one day become a movie a la "Dodgeball"? Who would play Peter Orszag?)

The team from the University of Miami beat out seven other teams to win the top prize and a photo (see above) with former comptroller general David Walker, who now serves as CEO of the Peterson Foundation.

Though he was in Italy and could not attend the games, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sent a message of support, calling the game a great way to remind Americans about the need to eliminate debt.

"A more fiscally and financially fit public is important to a healthier economy and more prosperous future," he said.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 15, 2009; 11:28 AM ET
Categories:  Public Service, Spotted  
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