Heads up! We’re almost halfway through the World Cup.
Brazilian superstar Pelé showed President Ford, a former college gridiron standout, what he could do with his kind of football when visiting the White House on June 28, 1975.
Original images White House photographs A5272-18 to 22.
It’s time for the 2014 World Cup!
This year Brazil is hosting the tournament. Football great Edson Arantes Nascimento, better known as Pelé, helped lead the Brazilian national team to three World Cup victories in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
Pelé met with President Ford in the Rose Garden on June 28, 1975, and gave him some pointers on how to juggle a soccer ball.
“I was born for soccer, just as Beethoven was born for music.”
President Nixon meeting with Edson “Pele” Arantes do Nacimento, professional Brazilian soccer player and Director of the International Soccer Program. 05/08/1973
Pele is the only soccer player to hold three World Cup championships. He has been honored by the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, and has served as an ambassador for sports in Brazil, for ecology to the United Nations, for UNESCO, and UNICEF.
It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This May, we’re featuring fitness and athletes at the White House, Camp David, and more.