The partial government shutdown is currently in its third week, and has left nearly 800,000 federal employees furloughed, according to CNN.
While it won’t put them back to work, several Washington D.C.-area basketball teams are trying to help displaced federal employees pass the time while they wait for the government to reopen.
Both George Mason University — located just outside of the capital in Fairfax, Virginia — and George Washington University — located just blocks from the White House — are offering free basketball tickets to both men’s and women’s basketball games for federal employees through the remainder of the shutdown, the schools announced on Tuesday.
— Mason Athletics (@MasonAthletics) January 8, 2019
— GW Tix Office (@GWTix) January 8, 2019
Both the Patriots and the Colonials men’s teams will play next on Wednesday night, when George Mason hosts Davidson and George Washington hosts Dayton. All federal employees have to do to receive the complimentary tickets is show their government ID.
The Capital City Go-Go, the Washington Wizards G-League team, is also getting in on the action. They are giving away tickets to federal employees for their next two homes games, on Tuesday night and on Saturday night, against the Texas Legends and the Long Island Nets, respectively.
Federal Government employees — Get 2 free tix to each of our next 2 home games (tonight 7pm & 1/12 7pm) at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
[offer available day of game only at the ESA Box Office with valid Govt ID] pic.twitter.com/fGM1AbJKQp
— Capital City Go-Go (@CapitalCityGoGo) January 8, 2019
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