Spoelstra gives championship cap to PNoy

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 30 2012 02:59 PM | Updated as of Jul 01 2012 05:42 AM

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III received on Friday a championship cap sent to him by Miami Heat's Filipino-American head coach Erik Spoelstra.

Spoelstra affixed his signature on the cap and sent his best wishes to the President.

"To PNoy--Best wishes! Coach Spo," wrote Spoelstra.

The cap was sent through ABS-CBN News when sports correspondent TJ Manotoc interviewed Spoelstra in Miami after the Heat became the 2011-2012 NBA Champions last week.

The President thanked Spoelstra for the gesture.

Spoelstra, who was born to a Filipino mother, also presented the President with an autographed NBA T-shirt in a courtesy call in Malacañang in August 2011.

The shirt was inscribed with the message: "To President Aquino, you inspire all of us to make a difference. – Coach Spo."

Spoelstra visited the Philippines last year and conducted NBA-style basketball clinics for young Filipino ball players.

The young coach earlier said he hopes that his success as in the NBA "opens more doors" for Filipinos.