Commerce City, Colo. - Rapids rookie midfielder Ross LaBauex today will join his former University of Virginia men's soccer teammates as they visit the White House and President Barack Obama on Monday afternoon.
President Obama is continuing a tradition started by President George W. Bush in honoring championship teams and student athletes from across the NCAA with a reception at the White House.
LaBauex was the captain of Virginia's team that won the 2009 NCAA College Cup, the sixth in school history, by defeating the University of Akron 3-2 on penalty kicks on December 13, 2009 in Cary, North Carolina.
The Rapids selected LaBauex in the second round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft (23rd overall). He has appeared in four games this season, including his first start at Chicago on June 9.
Over 30 universities will be recognized at the event, including the Univerisity of Denver men's and women's ski teams.