At the age of 7, Greg Olsen went with his family to an NCAA Tournament game in Philadelphia.
It ended up being one of the most famous games in the history of March Madness: the Duke-Kentucky game won by the Blue Devils on Christian Laettner's last-second shot.
Wednesday night, Olsen attended his first Duke game since. With his wife and three kids. Including son Tate, age 7.
“It was amazing,” Olsen said of the Duke-North Carolina game - college basketball’s biggest rivalry. “I’ve been to a lot of sporting events over the years, and this one was as unique and incredible an experience and venue.
“Unless you’ve been there, it’s really hard to describe just what goes into that game, how excited everybody is and how unique that arena is. It’s an unbelievable experience.”
The Olsens attended the game at Cameron Indoor Stadium as guests of Duke, as a thank you for Olsen’s appearance last year at a Duke Children’s Hospital fundraising gala.
If taking in such a signature event wasn’t enough, the family won’t soon forget one particular pregame moment. The game draws its share of stars in the stands, and Wednesday’s crowd included President Barack Obama.
Greg and Tate found out as much when they headed toward their seats just before tip-off.
“They were showing us to our seats just as he was walking past us. We heard the crowd kind of go crazy and stand up and start looking,” Olsen said. “We just kind of crossed paths, and I made sure Tate understood how special that was. Obama made it a point to backtrack, shake his hand and say hi. That was super-cool.
“To meet a president and be at that rivalry – it was a pretty cool night.”