Men's Soccer Visits White House

Feb 24, 2003

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush asked Ohio State's football players andother NCAA champions to remember their responsibilities as role models.

'I guarantee you there's a bunch of junior high kids in the state of Ohiowondering what it's like to be a champion,' Bush said Monday, with OhioState's team standing behind him.

Portland's women's soccer team and Southern California's women's volleyballteam also were present at the White House, as was UCLA's men's soccer team.

'I know there's a lot of young ladies who are growing up wondering whetheror not they can be champs,' Bush said.

'And they see the championship teams from USC and University of Portlandhere, girls who worked hard to get to where they are, and they're wonderingabout the example they're setting.'

It was a familiar message from Bush, who exhorts winning teams that visithim to be good role models.

'You're a champ on the field, and now you have a great opportunity to be achampion off the field, by setting good examples, by showing people that thereis such thing as a compassionate society,' Bush said.

Bush ribbed his brother Jeb, the governor of Florida, who delivered on hislosing Fiesta Bowl bet Sunday, donning an Ohio State football jersey for partof a session at the National Governors Association meetings in Washington. JebBush was on the losing end of a bet with Ohio Gov. Bob Taft after the Buckeyesbeat Miami 31-24 in last month's Fiesta Bowl for the national championship.

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