UofL Coach Rick Pitino and the 2012-13 Cardinals will be honored at the White House on July 23.
July 16, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville's 2013 NCAA national championship men's basketball team will visit the White House in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, July 23, White House officials announced on Tuesday.
UofL Coach Rick Pitino and the Cardinals will be honored by President Barack Obama at 2:05 p.m. ET at the Rose Garden of the White House.
"It is truly one of the unique experiences in a young man's life to go to the White House and meet the President of the United States," said Pitino. "It's not only a great honor, but our team will always remember that they got a chance to visit the White House, understand the logistics of how everything works and then meeting the President. It's something they will always cherish and someday tell their children."
Following the White House visit, the team will also tour the Capitol and visit with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and others before returning to Louisville.
The Cardinals (35-5) won the 2013 NCAA Championship as well as the BIG EAST tournament title and regular season co-championship. It was Louisville's third NCAA title (also 1980, 1986), its first in 27 years, and was the Cardinals' 10th Final Four appearance and second straight. Louisville closed the season with 16 straight victories as the Cardinals won a school-record 35 games.
Previous UofL men's basketball teams have visited the White House following national championships in 1980, when Jimmy Carter served as President, and in 1986, when President Ronald Reagan held the nation's top position in the White House.