Garcia going to the White House

Jeff Garcia is going to Washington to hang out with The President and First Lady.

President George W. Bush has invited the 49ers' quarterback to visit the White House as part of a Cinco de Mayo Reception that will be held on May 3. Garcia will attend the reception to be held in the East Room of the president's mansion. President Bush and his wife also will be present at the event.

Garcia is one of several sports celebrities that will attend the event, a list that includes St. Louis Rams' safety Adam Archuleta and San Diego Chargers linebacker Zeke Moreno. Other sports figures invited include Juan Castillo, Roberto Garza, Victor Leyva, Ron Rivera and Pete Rodriguez.

Garcia then will go from the White House to the California State Capitol three days later. San Francisco's popular quarterback also has been invited by the California Latino Legislative Caucus to be an honored guest at the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the capitol on May 6.

That ceremony, an annual celebration to honor Latinos and their contributions to the advancement of the Hispanic community throughout the nation, will take place on the floor of the California State Assembly.

The two events magnify what a busy offseason it has been for the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, who has increasingly become an in-demand sports figure over the past two years. But Garcia, 32, wouldn't have it any other way. He's enjoying his time in the limelight and is gracious to take part in such functions.

"It's been a very busy offseason," Garcia told SFI. "I think that in a lot of ways as I reflect on it, as much as it is hard on your personal time - your individual time, you don't have a lot of down time - I also wouldn't want to be in a position where nobody's really demanding my time or there isn't anybody that's really interested in having me take part in their functions or charitable events.

"I think it's a very positive position that I'm in based upon my individual success and the success of the team, and I think it's something that I need to take advantage of, because I'm not going to be around this league for another 10 years. I know my years are limited, and I have to take advantage of it while I'm here."

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