(Washington, D.C.) - UMKC Head Coach Kareem Richardson took a visit to the White House on Tuesday with his former team, the national champion Louisville Cardinals, and met President Barack Obama.
President Obama honored Richardson and the Cardinals in the White House East Room, commending the team on its remarkable season on the court as well as its achievements in the classroom. Following Obama's remarks, Head Coach Rick Pitino spoke to the media and then presented the president with a team jersey and a red Louisville Slugger baseball bat commemorating the victory.
After the White House visit, Richardson and the team also toured the Capitol and visited with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and others before departing.
Louisville (35-5) won the 2013 NCAA Championship as well as the Big East tournament title and regular season co-championship. Louisville closed the season with 16 straight victories as the Cardinals won a school-record 35 games.
Richardson accepted the UMKC post in March, and has since signed a five-man recruiting class, solidified his coaching staff, and done a whirlwind of public appearances around the Kansas City area, as well as doing interviews with dozens of media outlets around the region.