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Feb. 21, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio State football team, winner of the 2002 national championship, will fly to Washington D.C. Monday to meet with President George W. Bush and tour the White House.

The team and coaching staff will leave Columbus at 8 a.m. and will fly into Dulles International Airport.

The traveling party will then bus to the Lincoln Memorial, where U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce, whose District includes The Ohio State University, will officially welcome Coach Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes.

After touring the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial, the team will attend a luncheon at the offices of the Jones Day Law Firm. Several members of the Ohio congressional delegation, as well as members of Ohio State’s Washington D.C. alumni club will be in attendance at the luncheon.

The team is scheduled to tour the White House and meet with President Bush following the luncheon.

“This is a tremendous privilege and a wonderful opportunity for our players and coaches to visit our nation’s capital and meet the President of the United States,” said Tressel. “This is a trip that we will remember all of our lives and is a very important part of the educational experience.”

The team is scheduled to arrive back in Columbus at approximately 6:15 p.m.