July 27th, 2009
03:44 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama honors WNBA champs

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/27/art.obamawnbc0727.gi.jpg caption="President Obama thanked the 2008 WNBA champions for being role models for his daughters."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama hosted the 2008 WNBA Champion Detroit Shock at the White House Monday and thanked the team for helping to pave the way for female athletes like his daughters.

"[My daughters] look at the TV and they see me watching SportsCenter and they see young women who look like them on the screen," Obama said. "[…] And it makes my daughters look at themselves differently; to see that they can be champions, too."

Obama highlighted the team's community service efforts in the Detroit community where they have given free tickets to underprivileged kids, mentored abused women and children, donated school supplies to foster kids and restored a tattered library.

The 2008 title was the Shock's third in six years. They were also WNBA champions in 2003 and 2006.

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