Sept. 10, 2010
On Monday, the UCLA National Champion women's gymnastics and softball teams will be honored at a White House reception. President Barack Obama will continue a tradition started by President George W. Bush by honoring championship teams and student-athletes from across the NCAA.
Over 30 NCAA Championship teams are scheduled to attend the evening ceremony. The President will congratulate the student-athletes on their accomplishments in the classroom as well as on and off the playing field. In association with this event, various championship teams and players will be recognized for their efforts to give back to their communities, continuing an effort begun by President Obama of sports champions being commended for service as part of a White House visit.
Both Bruin title-winning squads will be arriving in Washington, D.C. on Sunday night and will tour the area Monday morning prior to the 5:45 p.m. Eastern Time ceremony at the White House.
The UCLA gymnastics team won its sixth NCAA Championship on April 23, while the Bruin softball squad claimed its 11th NCAA Title on June 8. The titles were the 105th and 106th in school history, extending UCLA's lead as No. 1 in NCAA Championships.
Photos of UCLA's trip to Washington, D.C. will be available at UCLABruins.com and you can also follow the teams' stay in the nation's capital on the UCLA Athletics Twitter page.