At a reception at the White House on Sept. 13, President Barack Obama will honor student-athletes from across the NCAA, including members of Virginia's NCAA Champion men's soccer and rowing teams.
The President will welcome student-athletes from dozens of schools and various sports to congratulate them 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.
The Virginia men's soccer team captured its sixth NCAA Championship, and first since 1994, with a 3-2 penalty kick shootout win over Akron on Dec. 13, 2009 in Cary, N.C.
The Virginia rowing team captured the 2010 NCAA Championship on May 31, 2010, at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif. Virginia's 87 points in the team standings gave it a first-place finish ahead of California (82 points) and Princeton (76 points).
Virginia has won 20 team National Championships in school history.
Schools and teams invited to attend the September 13 event include:
Augusta State University Men's Golf
Boston College Men's Ice Hockey
Duke University Men's Lacrosse
Fairleigh Dickinson University Women's Bowling
Oklahoma State University Men's Cross Country
Pennsylvania State University Women's Volleyball
Pennsylvania State University Men's & Women's Fencing
Purdue University Women's Golf
Stanford University Men's Volleyball
Stanford University Women's Tennis
Texas A&M University, College Station Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field
Texas Christian University Men's & Women's Rifle
University of California, Los Angeles Softball
University of California Los Angeles Women's Gymnastics
University of Denver Men's & Women's Skiing
University of Florida Men's Indoor Track and Field
University of Florida Women's Swimming and Diving
University of Iowa Wrestling
University of Maryland, College Park Women's Lacrosse
University of Michigan Men's Gymnastics
University of Minnesota Duluth Women's Ice Hockey
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Field Hockey
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Women's Soccer
University of Oregon Women's Indoor Track and Field
University of South Carolina Baseball
University of Southern California Men's Tennis
University of Southern California Men's Water Polo
University of Southern California Women's Water Polo
University of Texas at Austin Men's Swimming and Diving
University of Virginia Men's Soccer
University of Virginia Women's Rowing
Villanova University Women's Cross Country
Villanova University Football