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Obama welcomes NCAA champs to White House

by Associated Press and WHAS11 editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NCAA champion Louisville men’s basketball team met with President Barack Obama Tuesday at the White House.

The Cardinals were honored by the president Tuesday in the Rose Garden at 2:05 p.m. They follow Louisville’s 1980 and 1986 NCAA title teams, who previously visited the presidential residence while presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were in office respectively.

"We all agree this is a team we will never forget," President Obama in front of a packed room in the White House said.

Obama then acknowledged Kevin Ware's injury.

"He was on crutches and then he cut down the nets," the president said.

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Cardinals coach Rick Pitino hinted last week that a White House invitation could come soon. In a release, he called the pending visit “a great honor” for the team and “something they will always cherish and someday tell their children.”

In his speech Tuesday, Pitino gave Obama a Louisville Slugger bat as gift.

The Cardinals’ trip includes a tour of the U.S. Capitol and a visit with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, a Louisville graduate who frequently attends their home games.

 

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