The 2019 Little League Softball World Series champions have received an invitation from the White House after their coach reached out to get his team a visit, just like the winning boys.
The invitation comes after Steve Yang, coach of North Carolina’s Rowan County softball team tweeted Sunday that his girls wanted to be invited to White House, the same as the boys little league baseball team from Louisiana that shut out Curaçao 8-0 to claim the state’s first LLWS title.
The Louisiana boys even got a shoutout from President Trump.
“Congratulations to Louisiana’s Champions,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “See you at the White House!”
Congratulations to Louisiana’s Champions. See you at the White House! https://t.co/Qadi7uD5U4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2019
That’s when Steve Yang, believing his victorious girls deserve a trip to Washington, reached out to the President directly.
“Wanting the team to get an invite to the White House like the boys team from Louisiana,” Yang tweeted at the President and his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
@realDonaldTrump President Trump, my name is Steve Yang and I am the head coach of Rowan LL in Salisbury, NC that recently won the Softball Little League World Series in Portland, Oregon. Wanting the team to get an invite to the White House like the boys team from Louisiana. pic.twitter.com/SedLTyBWgA
— Steve Yang (@dsteveyang) August 26, 2019
Three days after Yang tweeted at the president, he got the response he wanted.
“I want to thank everyone for their support for these girls to be invited to the White House. This morning, another dream became a reality as the team officially received their invitation!” Yang tweeted Wednesday, along with a screenshot of the email invitation.
I want to thank everyone for their support for these girls to be invited to the White House. This morning, another dream became a reality as the team officially received their invitation! pic.twitter.com/J2aJYlV1gG
— Steve Yang (@dsteveyang) August 28, 2019
The White House’s liaison said they were “thrilled” to invite the team, according to the email Yang shared on Twitter.
“Congratulations once again and we look forward to hosting you and the team at the White House,” wrote the liaison.
Apparently, the Rowan County team received help from two of the state’s lawmakers. Reps. Richard Hudson and Ted Budd, both Republicans, sent a letter to President Trump asking him to invite the girls to Washington.
“These young women worked incredibly hard and defeated Eastbank Little League from Louisiana to capture this year’s Little League Softball World Series title,” wrote the congressmen. “We believe that as world champions, these Rowan County all-stars deserve to be properly celebrated at the White House. ”
Hudson thanked the President on Twitter Wednesday after the invitation was announced.
— Richard Hudson (@RepRichHudson) August 28, 2019
“After Ted Budd & I sent a letter to President Trump yesterday, he invited the Rowan Little League softball team to the White House for a celebration. Thank you, POTUS! We’re so proud of these young ladies for winning the Little League Softball World Series!” Hudson said on Twitter.
Yang’s team also won the World Series in 2015, reported The Salisbury Post. They were invited to Congress but could not make that trip.