June 19, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Pepperdine men's tennis team, reaping the rewards of winning the 2006 NCAA Division I National Championship, visited President Bush at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Pepperdine was one of 32 teams that were invited to ceremonies honoring national champions.
Behind head coach Adam Steinberg, Pepperdine captured its first-ever men's tennis national championship after defeating Georgia, 4-2, on May 24, 2006 at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center.
The following is a portion of the address President Bush gave to the student-athletes during Champions Day at the White House.
Thank you all, welcome. Please sit down. Thanks for coming. It's an honor to welcome outstanding athletes to the White House. I welcome the athletes and their coaches. We offer our congratulations, and we're thrilled to call you national champs.
I'd like to say Champions Day is also National Student Athlete Day. It's a chance for us to honor those who excel on the field, as well as those in the classroom. I'm especially pleased to welcome the members of the United States Congress here, senators and congressmen from the states that we're honoring. Thank you all for coming. Proud you're here. I know you'll want to congratulate the coaches and the team members after these brief remarks. I want to welcome the school officials who are here.
Today is the day we recognize that millions have competed in the NCAA, but only a few become champs.