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Part 2 of 3: Meeting President Obama
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/13/2010

Sept. 13, 2010

Part 1 of 3: Arriving in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Stanford men's volleyball and women's tennis teams were invited to attend a celebration of 2009-10 NCAA Championship teams at the White House, with President Barack Obama offering congratulations and recognizing each program individually.

The NCAA Champions ceremony took place this afternoon on the South Lawn of the White House.

In addition to the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being honored at the White House and being addressed by the President of the United States, the trip represents a final opportunity for both teams to reunite and reflect on their accomplishments.

Stay tuned to for complete coverage of this memorable trip in a three-part series.

After a busy, early morning that included tours of the monuments and sightseeing around our nation's capital, both teams returned back to their digs at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel to prepare for the afternoon ceremony at the White House.

The two squads walked over to the White House, arriving just after 3 p.m. local time. After maneuvering through long lines of well-organized security, team photos were taken and refreshments such as cookies, lemonade and iced tea were provided.

About two hours later, President Obama welcomed the approximately 650 student-athletes from the 35 NCAA Division I teams in attendance.

President Obama's speech can be heard here.

Later that evening, the two clubs returned to their hotel and walked to the historic Old Ebbitt Grill for a group dinner. Head coaches Lele Forood (women's tennis) and John Kosty (men's volleyball) thanked everyone in attendance for their contributions.

Stanford was one of nine schools to produce at least two NCAA champions in 2009-10, joining Florida (2), North Carolina (2), Penn State (2), Texas A&M (2), UCLA (2), USC (3), Villanova (2) and Virginia (2).



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