President Obama Honors NBA Champion Miami Heat

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President honored the Miami Heat for winning the 2012 title after falling short just a year before. The crowd of well-wishers included actress Gabrielle Union, U.N. ambassador , U.S. Education Secretary , and Congresswomen and Frederica Wilson. The Heat last visited the after winning the 2006 title.

“Everybody doing their part, is what finally put the Heat over the top,” Obama said, as he welcomed the team to the White House Monday to celebrate their victory.

The Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the NBA Finals last June.

The president also recognized the franchise’s work off the court. He thanked them for supporting military service members at National Military Medical Center. Obama said one of the things he’s proudest of is that many of the team members— including , and — “take their roles as fathers seriously.”

“For all the young men out there who are looking up to them all the time, for them to see somebody who cares about their kids and is there for them day in and day out, that’s a good message to send,” Obama said.

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