Connecticut players celebrate as they carry their head coach Geno Auriemma after defeating Louisville 93-60 in the national championship game of the women's Final Four of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
It's one of the many perks that come with winning a national championship: A visit to the White House to commemorate the achievement. For coach Geno Auriemma and his eight titles it's old hat, but one he no doubt minds making the trek to the nation's capital if for no other reason than it's a not-so-subtle reminder that the Huskies again finished the season as the best team in the country.
Next Wednesday, Auriemma and his team will again head to Washington, DC. Details via the White House Press Office:
President Obama to Honor NCAA Champion University of Connecticut Huskies
WASHINGTON, DC -- On Wednesday, July 31, President Obama will welcome NCAA Champion UConn Huskies to honor the team and their 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. This visit will also continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to communities as part of their trip to Washington.
“I’m very excited to meet the president,” sophomore Breanna Stewart said via SNY.com. “This will be the first time that I’ve ever met the president. I think it will be a fun experience. I just hope that I can get everything done that I need to get done before I have to go to it.”
Moriah Jefferson added: “It’s kind of like the icing on the cake. It was a tough year. Then we got on a roll and now we get to meet the president.”
The last time Auriemma and the Huskies made the trip was in 2010 and Barack Obama was in his first term and Kelly Faris was just a freshman. The year before, Obama challenged some members of the team to a game of H.O.R.S.E. Auriemma's first trip to the White House as the coach of a national champion? It was 1995 and and Bill Clinton was still in office.
George W. Bush hosted the team three times last decade.
Next Wednesday's ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. ET.