TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The University of Kansas (KU) Men’s Basketball Team celebrated their national championship with the Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly.

The governor took to the podium surrounded by the Jayhawks and proclaimed April 25, 2022, as KU Men’s Basketball National Championship Victory Day, a holiday in the state of Kansas. She read a lengthy list of reasons as to why she made the proclamation, all having to do with the championship win and highlighting the team’s success throughout the years of the program.

“It had to be hours of practice, sweat and sacrifice, paving the way for a remarkable season full of games that captivated a nation,” Gov. Kelly said.

After the proclamation, the governor’s office said she will join Senate President Ty Masterson and House Speaker Ron Ryckman for a reception to honor the college basketball champions.

The KU Jayhawks, led by head coach Bill Self, sealed their status as four-time NCAA national champions on April 4. In the Monday night championship game, the Jayhawks beat the University of North Carolina Tar Heels with a shocking second-half comeback 72 to 69.

“This is a team that will be remembered by all forever, and their legacy has been cemented in maybe the most tradition-rich program of all time,” Self said.

The Jayhawks were welcomed home the next day at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, and the city held a parade in their honor that following weekend.