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Obama honors first time WNBA champ Indiana Fever

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VALERIE BONK | June 14, 2013 05:33 PM EST | AP

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is honoring the WNBA champion Indiana Fever, calling the players an inspiration to young athletes – even those on his daughter Sasha's basketball team.

Obama praised the team at a White House ceremony on Friday. The Fever captured its first-ever WNBA title last October, defeating the Minnesota Lynx 87-78.

He called the players "wonderful role models" who work hard, play like a team and show good sportsmanship.

Following the ceremony, the team hosted a clinic for children on the White House basketball court.