2014-03-10T225844Z_1_CBREA291RTZ00_RTROPTP_2_OBAMA

Spring break at the White House: Obama honors college athletes

Obama departs after remarks welcoming NCAA champion athletes to the South Lawn of the White House in WashingtonBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There were plenty of college athletes at the White House on Monday, but none of the usual NFL or NBA-bound football and basketball players. Instead, President Barack Obama recognized the achievements of college athletes not in the big-money pursuits of football and basketball, but in a range of other sports like riflery, field hockey, water polo, tennis, track and field, soccer, lacrosse and hockey. “It is nice to be outside for a change, and spring break is underway for a lot of schools, so we thought this was the perfect time to invite a bunch of college kids over to wreak havoc on the White House,” said Obama, just a week after a snowstorm paralyzed the U.S. capital. Three schools had two national championship teams present: Princeton University (fencing and field hockey);

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