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Men's Basketball: Cardinals Tour Washington DC

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: December 29, 2013
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A day in advance of its game at James Madison, the Ball State men’s basketball team took in some of the sights around the nation’s capital Sunday afternoon.

Rain may have prevented a complete walking tour, but the Cardinals still managed to get a look the Lincoln Memorial and the White House in addition to viewing some of the other monuments on a driving tour.

The team then headed to the Capitol Building for a special tour from Congressman Luke Messer, the representative from Indiana’s 6th District, which includes Muncie.

Messer took the Cardinals through the United States Capitol, as he had done for the football team before its October game at Virginia. He showed the team the Capitol Rotunda, Statuary Hall and even inside the House Chamber itself.

“I can’t thank Congressman Messer enough for taking his time on a Sunday to meet with our team and give us a tour, which was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Ball State head coach James Whitford said.

“For our players, this was such a great educational opportunity. This is something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives and I think will help bridge the gap for the history they’ve learned and make it feel very personal.”

After their tour, the Cardinals got on the bus to make the drive to Harrisonburg, Va., for their game with James Madison. Tipoff is set for Monday at 8 p.m.

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