Men's Soccer Visits White House
March 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Indiana University men's soccer team traveled to Washington, D.C. on Monday to take part in President Barack Obama's ceremony honoring 2012-13 NCAA Division I National Championship teams at the White House.
The Hoosiers, who took home the program's eighth national title in December 2012, started the day with a visit to the Capitol Building for a reception organized by the office of U.S. Representative Todd Young. Indiana's senior Senator Dan Coats and Senator Joe Donnelly stopped by the reception to congratulate the team, while also meeting with Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass.
Young's Chief of Staff John Connell guided the Hoosiers on a tour of the Capitol, including a stop on the Speaker of the House's balcony, which offered a panoramic view of the National Mall and Washington Monument.
The players, McRobbie, Glass and head coach Todd Yeagley then headed to the White House where the had a chance to tour various parts of the building before a photo opportunity with President Obama. Each member of the team had a chance to introduce himself to the President and shake his hand before taking an official White House photo.
After all 19 visiting teams had their photo opportunity, they gathered on the South Lawn to hear remarks from President Obama. The whirlwind day ended with a few minutes to soak in the atmosphere of the White House lawn after the President's speech.
Twenty-one members of the 2012 team were able to make the trip, including captains Caleb Konstanski and Luis Soffner, 2012 senior Tim Wylie, and Eriq Zavaleta who was the leading scorer of the 2012 team as a sophomore before moving to the professional ranks.
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