Hockey team travels to Walter Reed, the U.S. Capitol and the White House
U.S. Senator John Kerry poses with the Boston College hockey team
Boston College men's hockey has returned from its trip to Washington, DC for visits at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, an alumni event gathered near the Capitol building and a trip to the White House for champions day.
Each event took place on Monday, Sept. 13.
Departing Logan Airport at 8 a.m. and arrving in Washington's Dulles Airport before 10 a.m., the Eagles began their day at Walter Army Medical Center. The travel party, approximately 40 members that included players, coaches and support staff, split into four groups and toured areas inside the hospital. The team talked with wounded soldiers, shook hands, passed out national championship hats and listened to the warriors' stories.
The BC contingent next traveled to Capitol Hill for an alumni reception held at the law offices of Jones Day in 51 Louisiana Avenue. There, U.S. Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, a Boston College Law School graduate, greeted the group and offered welcoming remarks before John Feudo '82, Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations, introduced Eagle coach Jerry York.
"The visit to Walter Reed was the highlight of my day," York remarked from the podium with the U.S. Capitol serving as the backdrop. "I was so inspired by the courage and conviction of the warriors that we met this morning. I'm sure that rubs off on a lot of the student-athletes that we brought here today."
York then introduced two players - Matt Price, captain of the 2009-10 title-winning team, and Joe Whitney, captain of the 2010-11 Eagles. Price and Whitney each thanked the alumni for their support before visiting the Russell Senate Office building to receive a tour of the U.S. Capitol led by aides of U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, a Boston College Law School graduate.
Sen. Kerry met the team oustside of his offices on the steps of the Russell Senate Office, congratulated York and the Eagles and posed for a group pic.
Following a brief bus ride down Pennsylvania Avenue, the team arrived at the White House where President Barack Obama congratulated NCAA Champions from more than 32 teams totaling more than 650 student-athletes and almost 150 coaches and staff that gathered on the South Lawn.
"Now, that term, 'student athlete,' is the thing that makes me so proud to stand before you here today, because when each of you won the titles that you won -- whether it was in lacrosse or gymnastics or wheelchair basketball -- you didn't do it as professionals," Obama remaked. "You didn't have multimillion-dollar contracts or huge endorsement deals. You woke up early; you put in countless hours of practice for the love of the game and for the pride of your school. You rode those buses and you carried those bags because you knew what it was going to take to be the best -- and because every one of you has a competitive streak that's about a mile wide."