Last January, the Lakers became the first NBA team to meet with President Barack Obama, a noted hoops fan who congratulated the team in the East Room of the White House for winning the 2009 championship.
Because the Lakers defended their title by defeating the Boston Celtics in the 2010 Finals, they will in turn meet with President Obama for the second straight year, this time at a community service event on Monday, Dec. 13 at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, D.C.
President Obama will join Lakers coaches, players and staff for a service project with local D.C.-area youth, and then “congratulate the team for achievements on and off the basketball court,” according to the White House press release.
The Lakers, in D.C. to play the Wizards on Tuesday, Dec. 14, will also present President Obama with a gift from the organization to follow up on the personalized No. 1 jersey with “Obama” on the back he was given last year.