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Basketball Team Praised by Governor at Luncheon

In honor of reaching the NCAA Division II championship game on March 27, members of the IUP men’s basketball team were invited to lunch at Governor Ed Rendell’s residence in Harrisburg on April 8, 2010.

The players and coaching staff were joined by the directors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, who were in Harrisburg for their annual meeting, and IUP President Tony Atwater.

More information about the luncheon was printed in the Indiana Gazette:Rendell Praises Men’s Basketball Team at Luncheon.”

Group photo of IUP men's basketball team and Governor Ed Rendell

Team members posed with Governor Ed Rendell on the rear steps of the governor’s mansion. Front row, from left: Joe Rocco, assistant coach Kranthi Senadhi, Scooter Renkin, and videographer Dave Watters. Middle row: Volunteer coach Maurice Polen, Dom Lombardi, Ashton Smith, and athletic trainer Rob Baron. Back row: assistant coach Chris Fite, head coach Joe Lombardi, Willi Estrella, Rendell, Akida McLain, Thomas Young, and Julian Sanders.

Governor Rendell and Julian Sanders with Pop-A-Shot basketball game

Governor Rendell watched as team member Julian Sanders tried his hand at the Pop-A-Shot game in a family room in the governor’s residence.

Team members and coaches talk with Governor Rendell.

Team members and PASSHE directors got a tour of the governor’s mansion.

Photos courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services

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