BANGOR, Maine — After Larry Gardner, coach of the Fort Fairfield girls basketball team, contacted his office, Congressman Mike Michaud helped make sure that the Class D state champions were able to attend President Obama’s visit to Portland today.
“I bet the team could give the president a run for his money on the court,” said Michaud. “I am thrilled that these student athletes have such a strong interest in attending the event. The Tigers had a great year on the court and tomorrow’s event will be another day to remember for them.”
Michaud’s office was given a limited number of tickets to disburse for the president’s visit. Coach Gardner was excited to hear that the team would be able to attend today’s event at the Portland Expo.
“The Fort Fairfield Lady Tigers basketball team, winners of their first State Championship basketball title in school history, is extremely excited to have the opportunity to attend President Obama’s healthcare speech in Portland,” said Gardner. “The team from northern Maine will travel five hours to attend the event and hopes to be able to present the president with a state championship autographed team basketball. The Lady Tigers know that it takes preparation, hard work and commitment to be successful, not only on the court, but in real life as well and certainly can only imagine the type of hard work and commitment the president has put forth to pass this healthcare plan.”
According to Gardner, the team recently saw a video of President Obama playing in a 2008 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Kokomo, Ind., and said, “Wow he’s really good!”