Louisville to meet President Obama on July 23

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

The latest nugget involving the Louisville Cardinals is also a pretty special one. The 2013 champs have settled on a date for a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the President of the United States.

Rick Pitino and the 2012-13 roster of Cards will head to the District on July 23 for a tour of the Capitol and the standard meet-and-greet with Commander-in-Chief. The White House announced the arrangement Tuesday evening. The meeting will be at 2:05 p.m. at the White House's Rose Garden.

“It is truly one of the unique experiences in a young man's life to go to the White House and meet the President of the United States,” Pitino said in a statement. “It's not only a great honor, but our team will always remember that they got a chance to visit the White House, understand the logistics of how everything works and then meeting the President. It's something they will always cherish and someday tell their children.”

Louisville went 35-5 last season, winning its third national title in program history after beating Michigan in the championship game. The team also won the Big East tournament and was co-champs in the regular season of the league.

For Kevin Ware, it will be his second trip to D.C. this offseason. The Cards guard who became a household name after breaking his leg in the Elite Eight attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April.

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