Fil-Am sports champions visit White House during Obama presidency
by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News
Outgoing President Barack Obama is a big sports fan. Every year during his two-term administration, sports champions paid visits to the White House — among them, many Filipino American athletes.
Three World Series for the San Francisco Giants also meant two visits to the White House for Tim Lincecum.
Lincecum came in for the 2011 and 2013 visits. However, he had to skip the 2015 visit to prepare for the following day’s game.
After the 2012 London Summer Olympics, gymnast Kyla Ross and the rest of the fierce 5 came in for a visit, sporting their Olympic gold medals.
Coach Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat stopped by twice during their back-to-back championship seasons in 2013 and 2014.
Coach Spo even handed the president his own NBA championship trophy during the second trip.
In 2014, when the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champions came for a visit, the President dropped the name of Fil-Am Doug Baldwin — joking how the media made “Angry Doug Baldwin even angrier.”
After his history-making Super Bowl play, punt returner Jordan Norwood and the Denver Broncos ran their way to the White House last year.
In a fitting way to end his presidency, Obama, who hails from Chicago, hosted the World Series champions Chicago Cubs at the White House. Among them was Fil-Am All-Star Addison Russell.