June 25, 2008
Boston College's national championship season continued on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 as the team traveled to Washington, D.C. for a whirlwind of activities that included trips to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the White House and the U.S. Capitol.
Departing Logan Airport at 6:50 a.m. and arriving at Washington's Dulles Airport before 9 a.m., the Eagles began their day at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. There, the BC party, approximately 40 members that included players, coaches and support staff, split into four groups for an extraordinary tour that lasted more than one hour. The team talked with wounded soldiers and Marines, shook hands, signed autographs and listened to the warriors' stories.
Following lunch and a brief walking tour of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the BC contingent toured the White House, took a photo with President George W. Bush, and participated in a "Champions Day" ceremony on the South Lawn with 19 other national-title-winning teams.
"It is an honor to be here with so many fine student athletes, now known as national champs," President Bush remarked from his rostrum where he was flanked by BC senior Matt Greene and the captains of each of the other title teams.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the group ate dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill and traveled to the Capitol where they were met by the Massachusetts congressional delegation and more than 150 Boston College graduates. The celebration in the Dirksen Senate Office Building was hosted by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, JD `76 and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey '68.
Kerry, Markey, Boston College President William P. Leahy, S.J., Athletics Director Gene DeFilippo, head coach Jerry York and senior alternate captain Matt Greene each addressed the gathering.
For the video and text of President George W. Bush's Championship Day Remarks, please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/06/20080624-4.html