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Basketball team goes from tweeting to meeting President Obama

MADISON (WKOW) -- A lot of people heard the President give a shout out to the University of Wisconsin men's basketball Team at the beginning of his speech Thursday. The Badgers got a quick meeting with Obama and it may have been the result of one player's efforts on Twitter.

"First of all, I've got to just point out that some members of the Badgers basketball team are here, they're getting ready for the season coming up -- they've invited me to play," President Obama said to the crowd of 30,000 just after taking the podium.

And that invitation was initially sent out by red shirt junior Zach Bohannon on Tuesday. "It was kind of a joke at first," Bohannon told 27 News about his tweet.

It read, "@BarackObama, Sir, the Wisconsin bball team extends an offer 2 play open gym on Thursday before or after ur talk. Badgers RETWEET 4 support!"

It was retweeted, and then one of Bohannon's teammates took it from there.  "George Marshall was on the phone with the White House a couple of times," Bohannon said. It was ultimately the Chicago-native's connections that secured the meeting.

The team was given VIP passes and practice was canceled. "He walked into the room and said hey everyone and then he paused for a second, before he went behind the curtain and said 'hey guys' and did a basketball shot and pointed at our basketball team," Bohannon said.

The President also talked with the players for a few minutes before hitting the stage and in proper fashion, comments from them ensued on Twitter.

"Iv been a part of some really cool things in my life but getting to meet and talk basketball with President Obama definitely takes the cake," tweeted Mike Bruesewitz.

Sam Dekker tweeted, "What an experience to meet Mr. President!"

And for Bohannon, the man who may have started it all with a tweet it was "just one of those things that you won't ever forget."

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