WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden invited the Case Western Reserve University and University of Virginia men’s tennis teams as well as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and University of North Carolina women’s tennis teams to the South Lawn of the White House, in celebration of the team’s 2023 NCAA National Championships.
In part of the inaugural College Athlete Day, these teams were four of numerous NCAA Champions from the 2022-23 academic year to be honored by the President for what will be a celebration of collegiate athletics and collegiate student-athletes unlike ever seen before at the White House.
All coming off of NCAA National Championships just a few weeks ago, these four schools are the lone tennis programs that publicly accepted this presidential invitation and represented the thousands of student-athletes and hundreds of programs that participate in collegiate tennis each season.
Newly appointed NCAA President Charlie Baker and Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, both took time to address the student-athletes in attendance during the College Athlete Day ceremony.
This inaugural College Athlete Day extends the rich tradition of inviting championship teams to the White House which began with professional teams back in 1865. Several collegiate football programs have visited the White house in the past, however, this the first time that many of the other 23 NCAA sponsored sports were honored.
Some other programs who were in attendance included; Ferris State (Football, Division II), Quinnipiac (Hockey, Division I), West Texas A&M (Volleyball, Division II), Transylvania (Basketball, Division III), Wisconsin (Hockey, Division I), Vanderbilt (Bowling, Division I), Pace (Lacrossee, Division III), Denison (Swim & Dive, Division III), and many more.