President Trump to add Bill Belichick to sports council

Credit: Darren McCollester

Credit: Darren McCollester

President Donald Trump will be appointing Bill Belichick to the President’s Council on Sport, Fitness, and Nutrition.

Belichick, along with a group of other sports celebrities, will be appointed to Trump's "Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition," according to a statement from the White House Friday.

In a statement Friday, Belichick said he was "humbled to be asked and honored to accept" the opportunity.

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"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," Belichick's statement read. "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."

Belichick will join a group that includes former Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon, NFL legend Herschel Walker, retired Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Olympic beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor and golfer Natalie Gulbis.

The term for members of the council will be two years.

The Patriots coach wrote Trump a letter back in 2016, which garnered attention after Trump read pieces of it at a New Hampshire rally the night before Election Day.

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