Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) requested that President Obama invite the national champion Gopher women's hockey team to the White House in honor of the program's third-ever national championship win this past March.
In a letter sent to the president on Tuesday, Sen. Franken praised the team's 4-to-2 victory over the top-ranked University of Wisconsin in the NCAA title game in Duluth on March 18.
"These student-athletes represent some of the best values that the University of Minnesota has to offer, and I am incredibly proud of their achievement," said Sen. Franken. "Such an accomplishment deserves the honor and privilege of a visit to the White House."
In his letter, Sen. Franken noted that June 23 will be the 40th anniversary of the Title IX legislation that expanded educational and athletic opportunities for women across the country.
"I can think of no better year than this one to recognize the importance of female student-athletes and also celebrate these women from the University of Minnesota," Sen. Franken wrote in his letter.
The White House frequently hosts championship teams from youth to professionals. In the past decade, several Gopher teams have been welcomed to the White House including the men's wrestling, golf, and hockey teams as well as the women's hockey team.
You can read Sen. Franken's letter to the president below.
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500-0003
Dear Mr. President,
I write you today to respectfully request that your office extend an invitation to the University of Minnesota women's hockey team to visit the White House. In March, the Golden Gophers won their third NCAA Championship in Duluth, MN. While every championship is impressive, this victory was particularly satisfying because it came against the nation's top-ranked team from the University of Wisconsin.
These student-athletes represent some of the best values that the University of Minnesota has to offer, and I am incredibly proud of their achievement. Such an accomplishment deserves the honor and privilege of a visit to the White House.
June 23rd is the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation that helped expand women's educational and athletic opportunities. I can think of no better year than this one to recognize the importance of female student-athletes and also celebrate these women from the University of Minnesota.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me, and thank you for your consideration.