Once in a Lifetime Experience

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • March 11, 2014 04:26 PM
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Jon Hammond
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the first time in school history, a West Virginia University athletic team visited the White House in celebration of NCAA Champions Day.
The No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team traveled to Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 10, and toured the Capitol before visiting with President Barack Obama at the White House. The squad was commended for its 2013 NCAA Championships victory, its nation-best 15th title.
“This was a fantastic day, and everyone had a great time,” says Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond. “I think the invitation meant a lot to the team. We weren’t able to go in 2009, so everyone was very excited when we got the call.
“We took an interesting mix with us, as we have international and U.S. student-athletes, but everyone was very excited. This was a once in a lifetime experience. It was a fantastic time, and it meant a lot to our program to be recognized. Fingers crossed, we’ll do it again one day soon.”
While the official White House picture has not been released yet, the Mountaineers were able to snap several fun photos throughout the day.
The Mountaineers return to the road March 12 and travel to Murray, Ky., for the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships, set for March 14-15, on the campus of Murray State.