NCAA Champions Honored by President at White House
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kansas’ national champion women’s track & field team took part in a three-hour visit to the White House Monday afternoon. The trip included a tour as well as a meet-and-greet and a picture opportunity with President Barack Obama. The event was capped off with a ceremony where the President honored the achievements of the 19 NCAA Champion teams assembled.
“For the rest of your lives every single one of you will be able to call yourselves a national champion,” President Obama said to the teams assembled at the ceremony held on the south lawn. “A title like that doesn’t mean performing your best when the spotlight is brightest, but pushing yourself even harder when no one is watching. That’s the championship spirit that we’re celebrating today. Not just the trophies the display cases but the drive and the teamwork that put them there.”
Prior to the ceremony the group was allowed to explore various sections of the White House. The Jayhawks then gathered and were met by the President, who congratulated the KU athletes and coaches before joining the group for a picture.
Following the White House visit, the team toured some historic monuments around the Capitol, including the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
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