On March 22, President Obama and his family attended an exhibition game between Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team.
The president’s visit does not simply honor the two countries’ shared love for baseball — he’s also a big sports fan. Check out photos from memorable presidential sports visits below.
As (left to right) Malia, Sasha and Michelle Obama look on, President Obama and President Castro cheer at the start of an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team at Estadio Latinoamericano.
President Obama throws out the ceremonial “first pitch” at the Washington Nationals’ first home game of the 2010 season. The pre-game tradition of famous first pitches signifies the start of a baseball game.
President Obama’s niece, Leslie Robinson, plays basketball for Princeton University, which brought the president to the first round of the U.S. collegiate women’s basketball tournament. Known as “March Madness,” popular intercollegiate men’s and women’s basketball tournaments feature games into early April.
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British Prime Minister David Cameron talks basketball with President Obama during the first game of the 2012 U.S. men’s college basketball tournament.
The Beautiful Game
In a visit to Brazil, President Obama practices dribbling with local kids in the Ciudad de Deus favela in Rio de Janeiro in 2011.
The Beautiful Game, and a Special Ball
Obama heads a “Soccket Ball,” which can power mobile phones or lights with kinetic energy from a soccer game, in July 2013 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
President Obama watches warm-ups at the 112th annual “Army vs. Navy” college (American) football game in 2011 from the field.
Workers ready the Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana for an exhibition game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays. The historic stadium once hosted the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player to break the color barrier in U.S. Major League Baseball, in 1947.