July 23, 2010
Jennifer Azzi, head coach of the USF women's basketball team, joined the WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury and President Barack Obama at the White House Monday in the Nation's capital. Azzi helped lead an event, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, on the White House basketball courts to promote health and wellness.
In addition, Azzi had the opportunity to meet and speak for a few moments with President Obama.
"After honoring the Mercury, President Obama walked over and spoke with me," said Azzi. "He is really a fan of the game. He was extremely respectful and complementary of the women's game. He has such a kindness and sincerity about him. He is one of the most charismatic people I have ever met."
Azzi, who has been on the road recruiting for the Dons, traveled to Washington DC during a NCAA mandated dead period for recruiting.
Following a special presentation by President Obama, Azzi along with the Mercury and the WNBA, joined forces with Let's Move - a national campaign led by First Lady Michelle Obama - to promote fitness, nutrition and self-confidence amongst the youth of the United States.
Azzi and the Mercury led 40 boys and girls from the local YMCA in the first-ever public event on the White House basketball court. The court is a private secluded court on White House grounds, surrounded by lush greenery and a 15-foot fence complete with White House branded basketballs.