Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Obama honors KU track champs at White House



Associated Press

President Barack Obama, far right, welcomes members of 2012-2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s championship teams from several sports on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 10, 2014.

— President Barack Obama honored 19 NCAA Division I championship teams, including the 2012-13 Kansas University women’s track and field team, during a ceremony Monday at the White House.

The Kansas women’s team claimed the program’s first national championship during the four-day NCAA Outdoor meet last June in Eugene, Ore.

The Jayhawks were led by Lindsay Vollmer, who won a heptathlon title, and Andrea Geubelle, who was runner-up in long jump and triple jump. Vollmer and Geubelle were among a dozen KU athletes who made the trip to Washington.

Obama met with the athletes, who were given a tour of the White House, before concluding the visit with a short speech to the assembled teams on the South Lawn of the White House. Obama recognized each of the teams by name, beginning with KU track and field, before speaking about the ways college sports showcase athletes’ hard work and perseverance.

“It’s traditional to bring football and basketball teams here,” Obama said. “I think that for all these outstanding athletes in sports, it’s important to acknowledge that your investment in time and effort and dedication is just as significant.”

The president also praised the women’s champions for paving the way for his own daughters and other young women.

“There was a time when college women’s athletics was relegated to second status, and all of you here are showing the incredible strides we’ve made of the last couple of decades,” Obama said.


Obama celebrates NCAA championship teams


Chris Bailey 7 years, 8 months ago

I'd turn it down. That's my political stance though.

John Randall 7 years, 8 months ago

Hard choice when invited as a team member and Athletic Department representative.

For an individual recognition, I've got your six! Of course Handlers of BHO, LLC, would never risk that.

Andrew Dunlap 7 years, 8 months ago

everything is not political. it's not about the President, it's about the achievement. He is still the most powerful man in the world.

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 8 months ago

...but what are his thoughts towards the People that put him in office? (I ask because I do not know the answer). Are they merely "voters"? "Plebes"? "Taxpayers"?

(Who knows these answers?)

John Randall 7 years, 8 months ago

The money trail isn't hard to follow – suggest starting with Vacation and Travel expenses. A quick glance through Czar appointments would be enlightening as well . . .

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 8 months ago

Great job by KU Track on the Natl.Championship! I was in AllenFieldhouse as they introduced not only Diamond Dixon and her Olympic Gold medal achievement, but then again when they unfurled the NC banner! True goosebump stuff!! Men or Ladies, doesnt matter...simply it's RCJH!!!

Zac Graves 7 years, 8 months ago

Glad this comment thread is staying focused on this cool opportunity for the team. Regardless, congrats to our champions again! RCJKU!

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