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Bush Welcomes Nebraska Volleyball

May 31, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush brought the University of Nebraska women’s volleyball champs to the White House on Thursday.

``When I ran for office, I told the voters I would surround myself with excellence. I did so again today,″ Bush said.

Dwarfed on the Rose Garden steps by the tall college women, Bush saluted the NCAA championship Cornhuskers for being not only champs on the court, but also ``champs in the classroom.″

``Quality of life is more than just blocking shots,″ the president said. ``Good quality of life means excelling in the classrooms and also in the neighborhoods across America.″

Before getting a VIP tour of the Oval Office, players Jill McWilliams, Kim Behrends and Angie Oxley presented Bush with a jersey and volleyball autographed by the entire team.

Bush, who has brought more than a half-dozen collegiate sports championship teams to the White House, said it gives him ``a chance to remind people what a responsible society should be about. And it should be about loving a neighbor like you’d like to be loved yourself or setting good strong examples when you have an opportunity to do so.″

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