By Ann-Marie Adams I The Hartford Guardian
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday honored the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team at the White House.
This was the Huskies’ third celebratory gathering at the White House during Obama’s tenure and the team’s 10th National Championship under Coach Geno Auriemma.
The Huskies won their 10th title after defeating Notre Dame in the April championship game in Tampa.
Auriemma said it was a “special feeling”to be at the White House again.
“This is an incredible honor and it doesn’t matter how many times you are here,” Auriemma said. “When you walk into that door [at the White House] it’s still a special feeling.
President Obama recognized senior Breanna Stewart, the two-time national player of the year.
“[Stewart] has game,” Obama said. “She reminded how hard the team works to be the best by saying ‘We make it look easier than it is, but it comes with a lot of hard work … You don’t just step onto the court and get the trophy.”
Obama also praised the team for academic accomplishment and civic volunteerism, saying that these women do Thanksgiving and winter food drives.
They also spend their afternoons with senior citizens, Obama said.
Sport fans say UConn women are favored to win the title in 2016, which will be Obama’s final year in office.