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.