LLSWS champs to the White House

Mooresville's Lauren Vanderpool (14) is greeted by teammates during pre-game introductions leading up to Little League Softball World Series title game this summer. The Rowan County All-Stars won the World Series title. They are going to visit the White House on Friday.

The Little League Softball World Series Champion, Rowan County All-Stars, is going to the White House on Friday.

The team, which includes four players from Mooresville, is leaving for Washington D.C. from the Statesville Regional Airport on Friday morning via a charter plane donated by Victory Air. They have a full day of sightseeing that includes an exclusive visit to the Oval Office.

After the Rowan County team won the championship in August its U.S. Representatives helped secure an invitation from the White House. The next hurdle was to find a way to get there, and Bob Thompson with Victory Air was able to make those arrangements.

Statesville Regional Airport Manager John Ferguson is excited and honored to have the softball champions at the airport.

“I know it’s early in the day, but we invite everyone to come out and wish the team well as they take off on this once-in-a-lifetime trip,” he said.

The plane is scheduled to leave Statesville Friday at 7:15 a.m., returning around 10:30 p.m. Statesville Regional Airport is located in southwest Statesville on 238 Airport Rd.

For more information about the flight, contact Ferguson at 704-873-1111.

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