NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) —The Uconn men’s basketball team was honored in a ceremony at the White House on Friday for their NCAA championship win.

The NCAA men’s basketball champions national boarded an Avelo Airlines flight Friday morning at Bradley International Airport ahead of the ceremony.

The team was joined by the University of Connecticut’s president Radenka Maric.

During the ceremony, President Joe Biden commended the team for their efforts in the NCAA championship game and the entire 2023 season.

“The country got to see what it means to devote your whole life to a shared passion,” Biden said.

The Huskies won their fifth national title by defeating San Diego State, 76-59, in April.

Andre Jackson Jr. presented President Joe Biden with his very own UConn men’s basketball jersey bearing the number “46,” in honor of his place as the country’s 46th president.

Biden and the first lady also honored the NCAA women’s basketball champions, Louisiana State, Friday.

The above video is from the noon newscast on May 26, 2023.