President Obama congratulates former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan

Posted at 3:43 PM, Feb 01, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz honored former Head Coach Jerry Sloan Friday night by raising a banner in the Energy Solutions Arena, and President Barack Obama sent the coach a handwritten note congratulating him.

The Jazz hoisted a banner with “1223” on it and placed it on display in the arena, the number signifying Sloan’s 1,223 wins with the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz tweeted this picture of the letter from President Obama on Friday.

The note appears to read:

“Dear Coach –

Congratulations on your long and remarkable career with the Jazz. Utah justly honors you for the standard 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”