Yates High School, national champions in basketball for the 2009-2010 season, will visit the White House in September as President Obama celebrates the Lions’ great accomplishments.
“It will be a moment the kids and I will never forget,” said Greg Wise, Yates coach in an interview Thursday with FOX 26 Sports.
Yates was declared national champions in high school basketball last season by every poll that matters including USA Today and Max Preps.
Wise said the exact date of the visit has not been established yet.
“It will be in September,” Wise said. “I am meeting with our principal Monday to get an update.”
Wise said it took him a few minutes to get his arms around the invitation after learning of the news from Yates principal Ronald Mumphery.
“I called him back five minutes later and I asked him, ‘did you really say that?’”, said Wise.
Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee helped facilitate the White House invitation.
The Lions were 34-0 last season in winning their second consecutive Texas Class 4-A State Basketball Championship.
“This is going to be unbelievable and we are very excited,” Wise said.
The Yates Lions head into the next school year riding a 58-game winning streak and Wise said getting the opportunity to meet President Obama is a great way to start the season.
“This will give us a boost in basketball and academics,” Wise said.
Just what the Lions opponents need to hear.