Basketball Team to Visit the White House

Photos of the 2006-07 team's visit to The White House??

KNOXVILLE - The 2008 NCAA Champion University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer Basketball Team will be honored by President George W. Bush at the White House on June 24, 2008.

The President will make his remarks on the South Lawn to team members from 21 NCAA Championship teams including:?? 2007 Champions: California-Berkeley, Men's Water Polo, North Carolina, Women's Field Hockey, Oregon, Men's Cross Country, Southern California, Women's Soccer, Penn State, Women's Volleyball.?? 2008 Champions:?? Boston College, Men's Ice Hockey, Ohio State, Men's and Women's Fencing, Penn State, Men's Volleyball, Syracuse, Men's Lacrosse, UCLA, Women's Water Polo/Women's Tennis/Men's Golf, Denver, Men's and Women's Skiing, Georgia, Women's Gymnastics/Men's Tennis, Maryland Eastern Shore, Women's Bowling, Minnesota-Duluth, Women's Ice Hockey, Oklahoma, Men's Gymnastics, Southern Cal, Women's Golf and Tennessee Lady Volunteers,?? Basketball.

UT 2007-08 senior guard Alberta Auguste (Marerro, La.) will present the President a gift on behalf of the Tennessee contingent when the Lady Vols pose for a team photograph.

Due to their WNBA game commitments on Tuesday night, graduated seniors Nicky Anosike (Minnesota Lynx, 8.8 ppg and 6.6 rpg), Shannon Bobbitt (Los Angeles Sparks, 3.4 ppg and 2.3 apg), Alexis Hornbuckle (Detroit Shock, 6.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks, 16.8 ppg and 9.6 rpg) will be unable to travel to Washington, D.C.

This will mark the eighth time a Lady Vol Basketball Team has been honored at the White House.?? In 1987, President Ronald Reagan welcomed UT's first NCAA title Lady Vol team; in 1989 and 1991, President George H. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush included the Lady Vol NCAA Champions in welcoming Millie's puppies and dedicating the White House outdoor basketball court, respectively, and in 1996, 1997 and 1998 President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore we on hand to laud Tennessee's three consecutive titles.?? Last year, President George W. Bush welcomed the Lady Vols to the White House on "Champions Day," Sept. 21, 2007.

The Tennessee contingent will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning, June 24 and will visit the Pentagon before enjoying lunch on Capitol Hill and then going on a tour of the White House.?? Later that afternoon, the teams will meet the President and have photos taken before the South Lawn festivities.





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