My roll was to explain American Football to President Xi, through an interpreter, as the Lincoln football team ran a 7 on 7 drill in the gymnasium. I have to admit, I WAS NERVOUS! President Xi's smile and locked stare towards me is to blame. The back and forth conversation loosened me up because I could feel he was genuinely interested in what I was saying and what he was seeing on the court... American Football!!
Knowing the president's last visit to Tacoma was 21 years ago, along with the 100+ visible US and Chinese Secret Service Men, I could feel how important this rare moment was to my hometown and former High School. Tacoma police were there in full effect and focused. Barricades blocked the surrounding area for miles. And the ones selected to attend this epic event, students, teachers, players, coaches, politicians and me, were obviously selected discreetly and were put through an immense protocol before entering the auditorium for a chance to hear President Xi's remarks.
I'm very proud of the way Tacoma and Lincoln High represented the US and themselves to one the worlds most powerful leaders. Most encouraging was the leadership by Mayor Strickland, Principal Erwin, Football Coaches & Teachers. The school looked immaculate and the kids showed great posture and grace as they presented the President with gifts and entertained him and his wife in the auditorium before his remarks. I saw myself 25 years ago in them. Knowing they have the guidance of those who truly care warmed my heart. Those kids are truly UP NEXT!
This ranks near the top of my life's experiences! I'll never forget the day a kid from Tacoma shook the had of a man who leads 1.3 BILLION people and talk some football! -Lawyer Milloy #XiJinping #NFL #LincolnAbes #Tacoma #Seattle #USA #China #Politcs
- National Football LeagueStrong Safety: Hard Hitt'n, 1996 - 2010
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