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Obama Summons Jackie Robinson West Little League Champs to Washington

The president will herald Chicago's hometown heroes at the White House.

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    While in Chicago earlier this week, President Barack Obama reportedly paid a visit to the Jackie Robinson West Little League national champions and told them: "I am inviting you to the White House."

    The Sun-Timesreports that Obama broke the news Sunday following a re-election rally he headlined for Gov. Pat Quinn at Chicago State University. Meeting with the team, he said: "I want you guys to do well in school. You guys are role models."

    A Jackie Robinson West spokesperson did not immediately respond to Ward Room's request for comment.

    The All-Star Little Leaguers from the city's South Side captured hearts—and a ton of media attention—during last summer's victorious U.S. championship run.

    Treated like rock stars back home, the team was celebrated with a joyous rally drawing Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sox and Cubs brass and Chance the Rapper.

    Said player Marquis Jackson: "We're African-American boys from the South Side. For so many people, the South Side is only about bad things. Something good can come from the South Side of Chicago, period."