Obama honours UConn women for 2015 NCAA basketball title, service in Hartford community

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is “certified to provide White House tours” because of their frequent wins and visits to the executive mansion.

Obama honoured the team Tuesday for their third straight national title. The UConn women won the 2015 NCAA championship in April with a 63-53 win over Notre Dame. It is the program’s 10th title.

Obama also noted the team’s work in the Hartford community, including Thanksgiving and winter food drives, Christmas parties for terminally ill children, basketball clinics and bike rides for children.

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Obama said the team serves as an example to young women, including his two daughters, because they are empowered when “they’ve got a whole bunch of people ahead of them who are doing great stuff.”

Stacy A. Anderson, The Associated Press

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