Aug 1, 2013
03:46 AMConnecticut Today
UConn Women's Basketball Team Honored by Obama at White House
University of Connecticut Huskies basketball guard Caroline Doty looks at President Barack Obama as he shows the signed basketball she just gave him during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, where the president honored the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Champion team, the University of Connecticut Huskies. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Decades from now as the members of the 2013 national championship UConn women’s basketball team offer up recollection of Wednesday’s trip to the White House there figures to be no mention of the series of events leading to their plane taking off a little later than anticipated or that their audience with President Barack Obama began about 10 minutes late.
It won’t even matter that skies were a tad bit overcast on the late July afternoon because there will be a lifetime’s worth of memories that will remain entrenched in the minds of the 11 players.
“Not a lot of people get to meet the President and shake his hand and it is awesome to pass through the gates, not be looking through them and meet him,” UConn rising junior forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis said. “I am definitely excited, It is not an opportunity everybody gets and you get an opportunity from playing a game, from playing basketball so it has been a fun experience already.”
This is hardly the first trip to the White House for the traveling part. Fifth-year seniors Heather Buck and Caroline Doty met President Obama on the grounds of the Oval Office for the third time and it was the second trip for Kelly Faris.
“It is a good way to wrap up your career,” Faris said. “I feel very fortunate to have opportunities like this and it is like Kaleena said it is for playing a game and you have this experiences and especially being a part of such a prestigious program.”
Unlike some of the Presidents who have greeted UConn Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma, there is almost a fan-like quality that goes into Obama’s interaction with the squad. Perhaps it is simply because he is a basketball fan with two daughters.