On Monday, July 22, the players and coaches from the Louisville Cardinals’ championship-winning 2012-13 men’s basketball team received their championship rings.

NCAA Champion Louisville Cardinal Championship Ring
Kenny Klein, the school’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations, announced the news on Twitter.

The next stop for the Cardinals is a visit with President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

With the exception of Russ Smith, every single one of the UL players from last season will be making the journey to Washington D.C.

Smith, the team’s leading scorer in 2012-13, will instead join other top college players in a program that sends Div. 1 kids to Europe each summer to play against foreign national teams. He said, ‘It’s nothing personal to the White House and Mr. President Obama, but as a basketball player, I feel like I have things to work on, and just constantly playing basketball will help me.’

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