Sept. 14, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Maryland women's lacrosse team visited the White House Monday as President Obama honored last year's NCAA Division I National Champions.
The Terps gathered for a reception on the South Lawn, celebrating with other NCAA champions from across the country before President Obama acknowledged the crowd. "You understand that student-athlete emphasizes student, and not just athlete," the President said in his address. "This is a group that knows what it means to be a champion.
"You also understand that being a champion means giving back to the folks that gave so much to you. The fans and the students that brave the heat and the rain and the snow to see you play...the communities that adopted you as one of their own. That's why I'm so proud to hear about all the ways you found to improve the lives of those around you."
President Obama continued a tradition started by President George W. Bush by honoring championship teams and student-athletes from across the NCAA with a reception at the White House. The President welcomed student-athletes from dozens of schools and various sports to congratulate them on their accomplishments in the classroom and in the community, as well as on-and-off the playing field.
Maryland celebrated its 10th national championship in 2010 when it ousted five-time defending champion Northwestern, 13-11.