Barack Obama Sends Handwritten Letter to Utah Jazz Coaching Legend Jerry Sloan

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 31, 2014

Sports Illustrated

The Utah Jazz honored coaching legend Jerry Sloan during their game against the Golden State Warriors Friday.

Considered one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, Sloan is most famous for his run with the Jazz from 1985-2011 (he was their head coach from 1988-2011). 

President Barack Obama sent a handwritten letter to the 71-year-old, congratulating him on a great career with Utah.

Dear Coach —

Congratulations on your long and remarkable career with the Jazz. Utah justly honors you for the standards of excellence you set with the Mailman and Stockton. But, us Bulls fans still claim you for your grit and work ethic. Best of luck in the future.

With great admiration,

Barack Obama

Sloan played with the Chicago Bulls from 1966-1976 and coached the team from 1979-1982. 

Hat tip to Dan Treadway from Sports Illustrated, via Reddit's jwbt123, for the find.