WASHINGTON – First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Thursday afternoon to get kids moving – right on the White House South Lawn.
Six players from the national soccer team held a clinic at the White House,teaching two youth soccer clubs important skills on the field. The clinic was one step in the first lady’s Let’s Move! campaign to promote healthy eating and exercise to help kids combat obesity.
“My biggest initiative is making sure kids like you are getting the exercise you need and you are eating the proper foods,” Obama said before the clinic started.
The two youth leagues at the clinic were Soccer Sisters United from Philadelphia and Prince William Courage Soccer Club from Woodbridge,Va.
The girls and boys visited stations set up on the lawn to practice soccer drills they learned from national team. They kicked soccer balls in a circle,kicked balls back and forth and sprinted.
The six players leading the clinic were Nicole Barnhart,Rachel Buehler,Lori Lindsey,Alex Morgan,Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn. The team reached the finals of the World Cup earlier this year and is preparing for the 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament.
“Encourage kids to find ways to keep moving,” Obama said before she and the children put their soccer skills to test. “Maybe it’s not in a league. Maybe it’s just running around in the back yard.”
At the hourlong clinic,Obama urged children to participate in the President’s Challenge. The program pushes children and adults to be physically active. At the end of the program,participants can earn an award called the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.
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