Trump welcomes college sports champions at WH reception

Trump celebrated the Collegiate National Champions of 2016 and 2017 at the White House on Friday.

SC coach Dawn Staley said after her team won the NCAA title in April that it would go to the White House if invited because "it's what it stands for".

Of course, not all teams were able to send their full squads because, while they may be national champions, many of these stars are still college students with classes and practices. "We haven't gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes", though Staley had said the team would go if invited.

Trump began a series of stops on the South Lawn, then went to the State Floor and Rose Garden on the White House grounds. They earned this visit due to their hard work, sweat, tears and working through their frustrations that allowed them to relive an incredible championship that they won back in April.

"That in itself speaks volumes", Staley said, according to an October 4 report by The State. "I don't know what else has to happen".

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However by September the team had still not received their invitation, despite other teams receiving theirs.

The Sooners' softball, men's golf and men's and women's gymnastics teams are in the nation's capital, along with other schools, to be recognized for their respective national titles Friday. "The only invitation I would like is an invitation to get into the NCAA tournament in March".

The teams were invited by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Absent from the ceremonies were the South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team and the North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team.

  • Regina Holmes