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McDonnell plays basketball for charity, but will it mess up his hair?

Anita Kumar

As game time approaches, the questions are mounting:

Will the 5'10'' Virginia governor play forward or guard?

Will his wife, former Washington Redskins cheerleader Maureen McDonnell, be there to cheer him on?

Will the game mess up his perfectly coiffed hair?

Gov. Bob McDonnell, along with a smattering of legislators, lobbyists and staffers, will play in a charity basketball game tonight at Virginia Commonwealth University.

We hear the governor -- who was quite the football player back in his high school days -- has been practicing.

But McDonnell's team doesn't yet have any T-shirts or nicknames like former Governor Tim Kaine did. Remember the Kainiacs?

As is tradition, McDonnell's team will play against lobbyists while the House of Delegates plays the Senate. (Let's hope more senators showed up than last year, when staffers and even a reporter had to help fill out their team).

The governor's team is lead by "coach" Matt Bruning (special assistant for legislative affairs) and includes Education Secretary Gerard Robinson; health and human resources Deputy Secretaries Keith Hare and Matt Cobb; Deputy Director of Policy Mike Reynold; Deputy Director of Technology Karen Jackson; Assistant Transportation Secretary Matt Strader; Assistant for Policy Development Andrew Lamar; Nick Surace, who works in the secretary of the commonwealth's office; and Tucker Martin and Taylor Thornley from the press office.

It will be hard to top last year, when then-delegate Phil Hamilton filled in as announcer and stole the show. He kept the crowd entertained with his booming voice, colorful commentary and even imitated the non-existent buzzers. But Del. Dave Albo is going to give it a try. Money raised at the annual event will go to the VCU's Massey Cancer Center.

Before you head out tonight, check out this video of McDonnell and his twin sons playing basketball during the gubernatorial campaign:


By Anita Kumar  |  February 23, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate , Timothy M. Kaine  
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