Joe Biden took office as the 46th president in American history and did so with the support of figures from various sporting sectors – from legend like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to a rising jewel like Nathan Chen.
“The sport ended up becoming my ticket to acceptance and so much more. I was not easily intimidated at a game; so, even when he stuttered, he was always the guy who said,“ Give me the ball! ”Joe Biden wrote in his 2007 book Promises to Keep, In it, he remembers how college football helped him overcome the problem of stuttering.
In this context, the new United States president called for introducing a group of sport representatives of various ages, religions, and ethnic origins: Karim Abdul-Jabbar, the highest scorer in NBA history (African American and followers of Islam.); Kim Ng, Senior Manager, Major League Team with the Miami Marlins (of Asian descent); Sarah Fuller, first girl to play Power Five with a men’s college soccer team; Nathan Chen, world figure skating champion (of Asian descent); Alison Felix, world champion and Olympic sprinter (African American) and Katie Ledecky, world champion and Olympic swimmer.
Abdul-Jabbar and Kim Ng were the two sports actors who gave a speech during the opening day on the Celebrate America program, hosted by actor Tom Hanks.
NBA legend quotes President Abraham Lincoln’s March 4, 1865 speech: “With malice for no one, with alms for all, let us strive to finish the work we do to narrow the wounds in the nations. To take care of the patience of war his widow and orphan; to do all What I can achieve and appreciate a just and lasting peace between us and with all nations.
For its part, the historic Marlins leadership quotes Ronald Reagan’s inaugural speech of January 20, 1981: “The transfer of power is done in an orderly fashion, as required by the Constitution, as routinely as has been. For nearly two centuries, few of us stop thinking about how special we are. .
In the eyes of many in the world, this celebration every four years, which we accept as usual, is nothing less than a miracle. “
Footballers Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe demonstrated on social media during inauguration day, although they were confirmed to congratulate Kamala Harris, the first woman to hold the office of vice president in US history.