The White House says that "dirty dealing" by adults shouldn't overshadow the accomplishments of a Chicago Little League team that was stripped of its national championship.
The all-black Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago was invited to the White House last year for a meeting with the president after its run through the Little League tournament, which drew national media attention.
It was then revealed that team officials broke the rules by recruiting children from neighboring areas outside the team's boundaries. That lead the league to suspend the team and strip its championship.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama was nevertheless "proud of the way that they represented their city and the way they represented the country."
"The fact is, you know, some dirty dealing by some adults doesn't take anything away from the accomplishments of those young men," Earnest added.