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Pepperdine Gives George W. Bush `Surfboard One' on Champions Day

July 12, 2005

Pepperdine's Sean Rooney stood head and shoulders above the crowd Tuesday on the South Lawn of the White House as the captain of the 2005 NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship team presented George W. Bush a custom Dewey Weber Surfboard.

Pepperdine continued its celebration of winning the program's fifth national championship and the school's eighth by accepting an invitation to the White House for today's ceremony. The team posted a 25-2 overall record including a 3-2 victory over UCLA May 7 at Pauley Pavilion in the national title match. Rooney was tabbed the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while John Parfitt and Jonathan Winder were named to the All-Tournament team.

"Our friends at Pepperdine thought that a board would be a better gift for the Commander-in-Chief than a T-shirt, sweatshirt, or baseball cap," commented Dewey Weber Surfboards president Shea Weber. "We had a blast making it and years from now, it'll look great in a Presidential museum."

Fans wanting to view today's event can visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/07/20050712-2.html.