U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert on Thursday visited the Angelina College campus with the express purpose of recognizing members of the 2014 national championship team.
Gohmert issued each of the returning players, along with coaches and staff, a copy of the Congressional Record of the United States, which now contains an entry chronicling the team's accomplishments last season: The first Texas team to win the NJCAA Division I championship since the tournament's inception in 1977, and the first AC team to win a national title.
In addition, the 2014 Lady ‘Runners earned Academic All-American status after compiling a team 3.3 GPA.
Gohmert clearly had read of the team's trials and tribulations en route to the title – the roster featuring just two sophomores, and a 39-hour trip to St. George, Utah, wrought with aircraft mechanical failures and sleep-deprivation.
“What you accomplished throughout all of that is a reflection of your character,” Gohmert said to the team. “No matter what else you do in life, you know you can handle it, and you can win for the rest of your lives.”
Gohmert also reminded the players of their historic achievement.
“You didn't just make Angelina College proud,” he said, “you made the entire state of Texas proud. You're now part of the Congressional Record for as long as there is a United States of America.”
Following Gohmert's address, the Congressman personally issued copies of the Congressional Record to each player and coach. The team, in turn, presented Gohmert with batting helmet signed by each player.
AC Vice President and Dean of Instruction Dr. Patricia McKenzie, who introduced Gohmert, offered praise to the student/athletes.
“You made this college proud not just by what you accomplished, but also in the way you accomplished it,” McKenzie said. “By working just as hard in the classroom as you did on the field, you brought credit to yourselves and to the rest of this organization.”