DURHAM, N.C.— At a reception at the White House on Sept. 13, President Barack Obama will honor student-athletes from across the NCAA, including members of Duke’s men’s lacrosse team.
The President will welcome student-athletes from dozens of schools and various sports to congratulate them on their accomplishments in the classroom as well as on and off the playing field. In association with this event, various championship teams and players will be recognized for their efforts to give back to their communities, continuing an effort begun by President Obama of sports champions being commended for service as part of a White House visit.
The Blue Devils captured their first NCAA Championship on May 31 with a 6-5 overtime victory over Notre Dame. The national title was the second for the Blue Devils in 2010 – the men’s basketball program won its fourth title in April. It was the first time in school history that multiple Duke teams have won a NCAA Championship in a single year.
Duke owns 12 national titles in five sports, (men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s golf and women’s tennis) in school history.