WASHINGTON (WHDH) - President Donald Trump is appointing New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick to his “Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition,” the White House announced Friday.
Trump overhauled the council in 2016 to put a focus on promoting, encouraging and motivating children to become physically active and to participate in sports.
Belichick, among many others, will serve a two-year term. It’s known publically that Trump and Belichick are good friends. In 2016, Belichick penned a letter to Trump congratulating him on his presidential campaign.
Trump also announced his intent to appoint ex-NFL star Herschel Walker, LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis, volleyball player Misty May-Treanor and longtime Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
The Patriots released the following statement on behalf of Belichick:
“The Council’s mission aligns with my beliefs and several of the Bill Belichick Foundation’s goals and values as they relate to sports, youth athletics and personal health and wellness. The physical fitness of children in our country is an apolitical issue that is extremely important to our future. When I was contacted by Ivanka Trump and asked to participate, I was humbled to be asked and honored to accept, as I would have done for any administration. I know that a lot of great leaders have participated on the Council over the past half-century, some who are personal inspirations to me, and I am eager to lend any assistance I can to its ongoing mission.”
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