Lady Vols to be honored at White House

The 2007 NCAA Champion University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer Basketball Team will be honored by President George W. Bush at the White House on Sept. 21.

The president will make his remarks on the South Lawn to team members from nine NCAA Championship teams including: Arizona State Women's Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field Team; Brown Women's Crew Team; Duke Women's Golf Team; John Hopkins Men's Lacrosse Team; Oregon State's Baseball Team; Alaska Men's and Women's Rifle Teams; Minnesota's Wrestling Team; and Stanford Women's Cross Country Team.

Tennessee's 2006-07 senior captains Sidney Spencer and Dominique Redding will present the president a gift on behalf of the Tennessee contingent.

This will mark the seventh time a Lady Vol basketball Team has been honored at the White House. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan welcomed UT's first NCAA title Lady Vol team; in 1989 and 1991, President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush included the Lady Vol NCAA Champions in welcoming Millie's puppies and dedicating the White House outdoor basketball court, respectively; and in 1996, 1997 and 1998 President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore were on hand to laud Tennessee's three consecutive titles.

The Lady Vols will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Friday morning and will visit the Library of Congress before going on a tour of the White House. Later that afternoon, the teams will meet the president and have photos taken before the South Lawn festivities.

Junior All-American Candace Parker will take a break from the USA training camp and join her teammates in Washington. Parker, a member of the 2007-08 USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team, has been in training for the past 10 days at John Jay College in New York and Temple in Philadelphia.

The USA Team downed Australia, 96-64, in Trenton, N.J. and will now travel to the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn., for more practice and another meeting with the Aussies on Sept. 19.

Parker will take a break from the USA team on Friday to meet her Lady Vol teammates at the White House. After the ceremonies, she is off to Valdivia, Chile, site of the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship for Women, Sept. 26-30.

The first place team from the competition in Chile will qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The second, third and fourth place finishers will qualify for the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying tournament that will be held June 9-15, 2008.

In the exhibition game last Sunday, Parker started for the USA alongside former Lady Vol All-American Kara Lawson. Off to a sluggish start, the USA was leading 8-6 after 6:35 of play, when Parker snagged a steal and hit a layup, igniting an 8-0 rally. At the conclusion of the first quarter the USA held an 18-9 advantage. On the afternoon, Parker tallied eight points, two rebounds and three steals in 18 minutes, while Lawson added six points, a team-leading seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes of action

SIX PACK GAMES: The Lady Volunteer Athletic Department has announced the six home games to be included in the Coca-Cola Six Pack ticket package.

The Coca-Cola Six Pack is a mini-game ticket package that includes six home games at an affordable price of $90 a ticket. Coca-Cola Six Pack tickets are reserved seats for each of the six chosen home Lady Volunteer basketball games.

This year's Six Pack includes: North Carolina on December 2; in-state rival Vanderbilt on January 20; Kentucky on February 3; NCAA runner-up and the defending Big East Champs Rutgers on February 11; SEC rival LSU on February 14; and the final home game of the season against the Florida Gators on February 28.

To order the Coca-Cola Six Pack, call 865-656-1200, 1-800-332-VOLS or order online at

For ticket information or to order tickets for any University of Tennessee athletic event please call the Tennessee Athletic Ticket Office at 865-656-1200.

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