- by cnn
- 08 Jun 2023
The 2023 NCAA men's and women's basketball champions made their celebratory trips to the White House on Friday as President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden congratulated both teams on their seasons.
The women's basketball champion Louisiana State University Tigers were first to be honored, as the Bidens lauded their accomplishments and the example they set.
"You didn't just play basketball, you didn't just make history, you showed us - girls and boys, women and men - what it means to be a champion. You gave us hope and joy, a way to find that fire in ourselves. And most of all, the chance to see you soar. Thank you for giving us those gifts," the first lady said.
Vice President Kamala Harris also spoke during the celebration ceremony, congratulating the Tigers on their first ever championship and applauding them for their inspiring example.
"Throughout your record-breaking season, you showed the world who you are. You are leaders. You are role models, and of course you are champions. Tigers, we know through your grit, determination, and brilliance you changed the game. When you take the court, you inspire so many people across our country and as we talked about earlier, you are inspiring people that you may never meet," Harris said.
During his remarks, President Biden celebrated the team's record-breaking accomplishments and called on the country to support women's athletics.
"Folks, we need to support women's sports not just during the championship runs but the entire year and every season. Showing up in person, watching on television, creating more programming and sponsor and scholarship, and sponsorships and opportunities for millions of women and girls to realize their dreams and know they can do literally anything at all," Biden said.
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