(USA TODAY) - President Obama's guests at the State of the Union will include survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, the fire chief of an Oklahoma town ravaged by a tornado, a prominent gay athlete, a young entrepreneur, and a teacher of the year.
The White House said Monday that these and other Americans will sit in the presidential box with first lady Michelle Obama and other officials as the president delivers his annual State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.
The guests include Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing; Gary Bird, the fire chief of Moore, Oklahoma; Jason Collins, the 12-year NBA basketball player who announced last year he is gay; Joey Hudy, an Intel intern from Arizona; and Kathy Hollowell-Makle, the teacher of the year from Washington, D.C.
Other guests will be announced before the speech, the White House said.
Obama spends Monday practicing his speech; there are no public events on his schedule.
A tradition since the Ronald Reagan administration, presidents invite guests to illustrate various issues discussed in the State of the Union.
This year, those issues include education, gay rights, assistance for innovation, and response to national tragedy and natural disasters.
The White House sent out brief bios of some of the guests, saying in part:
-- "Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman are forever linked due to the attacks on the 117th Boston Marathon. In what has become an iconic image from the day in April of 2013, Carlos -- wearing his white Cowboy hat -- was captured rushing a badly injured Jeff away from the bombing to safety, thereby becoming two of the faces of 'Boston Strong.'"
-- "Fire Chief Gary Bird represents all of those who rallied together to help the community of Moore, Oklahoma -- firefighters, police officers, teachers, neighbors -- in its greatest time of need: The immediate aftermath of the EF5 tornado that hit Moore, killing 25 men, women and children and devastating a community of more than 1,000 homes and businesses."
-- "While at Stanford, Jason Collins was selected as an All American, named the NCAA's 'Big Man of the Year,' and earned an appearance in the Final Four. After graduating in 2001, Collins was drafted into the NBA and has since played for six teams ... In April 2013, Collins became the first male player in major American team sports to come out openly as gay. The President expressed his gratitude to Collins for his courageous announcement through an article Collins penned himself."
-- "Joey Hudy is a self-described 'Maker,' part of a growing community of young people, adults, and entrepreneurs who are designing and building things on their own time. Joey first shot to fame in 2012 when, at 14-years-old, he attended the White House Science Fair where the President took a turn using the contraption he had made -- the 'extreme marshmallow cannon' -- and launched a marshmallow across the East Room."
-- "Kathy Hollowell-Makle was named 2013's District of Columbia Public School's Teacher of the Year after more than 15 years teaching in the District. Kathy began as a Teach for America corps member in the District in 1998 and currently teaches at Abram Simon Elementary in Southeast Washington, DC. "