Clad in black sports gear,the first lady kicked soccer balls into the middle of the indoor field where two teams of children raced for the ball in a short scrimmage. Later she participated in running,dribbling and weaving drills with the children.
“You all have to exercise,and soccer is one of my favorite ways of doing it,” Obama said to the children. “Soccer is one of those sports that teaches you all the fundamentals that helps you with every other sport you're interested in.”
The first lady told the children how her two daughters have been playing soccer since they were young,although Sasha prefers basketball.
“We are so pleased the first lady has taken time out of her busy schedule to join us this morning for the children's soccer camp,” said Ed Foster-Simeon,president of the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
The foundation announced its new partnership with the national Alliance for Hispanic Health at the Addidas-sponsored soccer clinic.
¡Vive tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving! is the nation's largest Hispanic family health lifestyle event series with over 15,000 annual participants. The joint tour offers children and their families free health screenings and soccer clinics. The screenings will test for cholesterol,blood pressure,diabetes and dental health for children and adults with referrals to community clinics and health providers. The tour will also offer other sporting activities,including yoga,dance and tennis.
Children's television star Sportacus from the Nick Jr. show “LazyTown” is also participating in the tour to provide warm-up activities for the children.
Sportacus is played by Magnus Schieving,the founder and CEO of “LazyTown.” At the clinic,he encouraged children to run and have fun being healthy.
Soccer clinics,like the one Obama attended,are to encourage children to get the 60 minutes of “active play” and exercise recommended to them by the Let's Move! campaign.
“You have to get moving,” Obama said to the children. “You've got to exercise.”