During the Miami Heat’s visit to the White House last week, team members joined with Michelle Obama to film a PSA on healthy eating.
Coach Erik Spoelstra kicked things off by saying, “I’m here today at the White House to find out why eating healthy can help you perform like a champion.” (In reality, Spoelstra and the Heat were there to be honored by President Barack Obama for their victory in the 2013 NBA Finals.)
Heat guard Dwyane Wade told the coach that he eats fruits and vegetables every day because “it gives me the energy I need to perform at the top of my game.” Ray Allen, who hit the game-tying three-pointer in the waning seconds of Game 6 in the 2013 Finals, said that drinking water was “an important part of my pre-game routine so I can stay focused and refreshed.”
Naturally, as the Heat are wont to do, they couldn’t help but include a few videobombs in there for good measure. As Wade spoke to Spoelstra, LeBron James and the first lady walked up behind them snacking on apples. When Allen spoke about the importance of water, Chris Bosh popped up behind the two to demonstrate its refreshing powers firsthand.
Finally, while Wade told Spoelstra that “eating the right foods can make you a better athlete,” James held up a miniature basket for the first lady to throw down a massive dunk. (Get her in the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest, NBA!)
Mrs. Obama wasn’t the only one to have fun with the Heat last week. The president also got in a few jokes while honoring the team for its second straight championship, as you can see below:
A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.