TOPEKA (KSNT) – The University of Kansas Men’s Basketball Team is celebrating as new national champions with the Kansas governor.

Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday morning that she planned to host the KU Jayhawks at the Kansas Statehouse at 1:30 p.m. for a special celebration. 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.

“After an incredible season, we all saw this talented team’s grit, determination, and triumph, and I know it wasn’t easy,” Kelly said. “But, hours of practice, energy, and sacrifice paved the way for a remarkable season full of games that captivated a nation. The entire state of Kansas is so proud of these young men.”

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.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, center, holds a basketball surrounded by players from the KU Men’s Basketball Team. (KSNT Photo/Rebekah Chung)

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 at 3 p.m.

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.

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.

To see the document Kelly signed making the holiday proclamation official, click here.