Ever wonder why championship teams and athletes get V.I.P invites to the White House?
Winning a championship has its perks. You get the ring, a crowd yelling and screaming, and confetti released from the ceiling. What more do you need? That’s it… a visit to the President’s chambers.
According to an article on espn.com, The tradition of sports teams visiting the White House dates to at least Aug. 30, 1865, when President Andrew Johnson welcomed the Brooklyn Atlantics and Washington Nationals amateur baseball clubs.” The article goes on to state that it was Former President Ronald Reagan who actually made “the practice of honoring championship teams at the White House a regular occurrence.”
It’s always entertaining to see the pictures and videos of the championship teams’ experience at the White House. For instance, the Miami Heat’s visit back in 2014 resulted in Michelle Obama participating in the #DunkCam challenge with LeBron James. Now we can look forward to pictures and videos of Superbowl 51 champions, the New England Patriots, and their White House visit coming soon.
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