Revisiting the Fil-Am champs who met US President Obama at the White House
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 18, 2017 06:25 PM
Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra presents President Barack Obama with a team trophy to honor the 2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat on winning their second-straight Championship title, in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
United States President Brack Obama has always believed in the unifying power of sports.
"Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together even when the country is divided," Obama said at a White House ceremony for the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs.
And that may be the primary reason for his enthusiasm in bridging sports and politics by celebrating champion teams throughout his eight-year tenure.
True to his belief, the tradition he started not only included athletes from his country, but it also branched out to athletes from different backgrounds, even players with Filipino ancestry.
Below is a look at athletes with Filipino ancestry who have visited the White House to meet the outgoing U.S. President:
Tim Lincecum (San Francisco Giants; visited 2011, 2013)
San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum visited the White House twice, in 2011 and 2013. The Giants won the World Series three times, but Lincecum had to skip the 2015 visit to prepare for a game the day after.
Kayla Ross (U.S. Olympic Gymnast; visited 2012)
Along with the famed "Fierce Five", Kayla Ross of the U.S. gymnastics team visited the White House after winning gold in the 2012 London Olympics.
Erik Spoeltsra (Miami Heat; visited 2013, 2014)
Coach Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat visited the White House twice, in 2013 and 2014 after winning back-to-back NBA championships led by their "Big Three" LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.
Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks; visited 2014)
In 2014 When the Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks came for a visit, President Obama even joked about Filipino-American wide receiver Doug Baldwin, saying how the media made "Angry Doug Baldwin even angrier".
Jordan Norwood (Denver Broncos; visited 2016)
After making Super Bowl history with a record 61-yard return, Jordan Norwood along with the the Denver Broncos ran their way to the White House last year to celebrate 2015 title.
Addison Russell (Chicago Cubs; visited 2017)
And in a fitting way to end his presidency, Obama welcomed his hometown team, the World Series champion Chicago Cubs which included Addison Russell to the White House after winning their first title since 1908.
With reports from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News