First Lady Michelle Obama Teams with US Soccer Foundation, Major League Soccer, Women’s Professional Soccer to Combat Childhood Obesity

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First Lady Michelle Obama (L) participates in a youth soccer clinic with Luis Sanchez (C), a fourth grader of Barnard Elementary School in Washington, and Washington Freedom Soccer Team mascot Glory (R) March 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

In support of her Let’s Move! campaign, the US Soccer Foundation, Major League Soccer, Women’s Professional Soccer, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health has joined forces with First Lady Michelle Obama to eliminate childhood obesity in one generation and commits to getting more children active, playing or moving for 60 minutes a day. On Friday they are holding a soccer clinic in Washington at the City Center DC and the First Lady will be in attendance.

This event is being held to expand outreach and participation in youth soccer and education efforts on the importance of eating well and staying active. After the clinic is finished, U.S. Soccer Foundation and Sport Court® will donate the soccer fields to urban soccer organizations in the U.S. The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Charitable Arm of Soccer in the U.S., will disassemble and ship the courts to their final destinations.

First Lady Michelle Obama (L) participates in a youth soccer clinic with Luis Sanchez (C), a fourth grader of Barnard Elementary School in Washington, and Washington Freedom Soccer Team mascot Glory (R) March 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. The clinic is to promote the national fight against childhood obesity and in support for the first ladys Lets Move campaign that encourage children to get 60 minutes of active play each day.(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

The U. S. Soccer Foundation provides grants focused on developing players, coaches and referees and building or enhancing fields and soccer complexes, with a special emphasis on youth in economically disadvantaged urban communities.

MLS W.O.R.K.S. will support the First Lady and the White House by expanding our existing programs and creatively developing new ideas to help fight childhood obesity,” said JoAnn Neale, MLS executive vice president. “Soccer is the perfect sport to keep children active and fit. We are committed to this campaign and will work with our clubs at the grassroots level to increase the accessibility of soccer, support local youth programs and create play spaces to encourage children to engage in physical activity.”

Soccer is the number one sport among America’s youth, with 4 million young boys and girls registered to play across the country.


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5 responses to “First Lady Michelle Obama Teams with US Soccer Foundation, Major League Soccer, Women’s Professional Soccer to Combat Childhood Obesity

  1. SouthernGirl2

    First Lady Michelle is banging!

    She is one sexy lady even at play!

    Whoo Hoo!

  2. i dont play soccer because its fun, i play it because of the passion for the game, because without it there is nothing and it is like a headache when you cant play. Soccer isnt just my sport it is my way of life and my passion!

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