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D2 football champions Ferris State headed to White House after historic invite

Ferris State University's football team has accepted a historic invitation to the white house after back-to-back NCAA Division II National Championships.

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — The Ferris State Bulldogs are heading to the White House after claiming back-to-back NCAA Division II National Championships.

The Bulldogs accepted the invitation on Wednesday. 

The team will meet President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden in a special White House ceremony on Monday, June 12.

25 student-athletes, head coach Tony Annese, associate athletic director Rob Bentley and other staff will be a part of the ceremony set to take place on Monday morning on the South Lawn at 11:30 a.m.

"I think it's an outstanding recognition for our university, to be able to put Ferris State on the map, you know, in the nation's capital on a little bit of a bigger stage is really important, I think, for our university," said Bentley. "And obviously, for what it means here for our institution, for our guys, it's a special way to be able to celebrate a second straight national championship."

The White House recently invited both the men's and women's NCAA Division I Basketball National Champions, UConn and LSU.

"This is a great honor to have our program and university selected to be recognized at such a historic landmark," said Annese. "We're looking forward to the experience and being able to represent our program, institution and community on a national stage."

The Bulldogs boast an overall record of 28-1 over the last two years with two national championships.

On Twitter, the university wrote it is "believed" that they are the first NCAA  Division II National Champion to receive an invite from the White House. But the University of North Alabama claims the honor, meeting with President Clinton in 1995 following three straight Division II national championships.


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