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Michelle Obama wants kids to get Olympic fever

May 15th, 2012
Staff Writer

First lady michelle obama addresses the crowd || at the olympic media summit.DALLAS--First Lady Michelle Obama says she thinks this summer's Olympic Games in London can serve as a catalyst to spur more American children into physical activity and recreational sports. Mrs. Obama made her remarks Monday during an appearance at the United States Olympic Committee's Media Summit in Dallas.

Mrs. Obama announced a partnership with the USOC, U.S. Paralympics, Partnership for a Healthier America and other organizations to get more than 1.7 million children moving this summer in programs featuring Olympic sports. The First Lady founded the Let's Move initiative to address child obesity in 2010. One-third of American children are overweight.

Mrs. obama hopes the olympics || spur more american kids into activity.

The new initiative will involve partnerships with the USOC Governing bodies for sport, including cycling, BMX, soccer, swimming, track and field, tennis, field hockey and volleyball. These organizations will provide beginner athletic programming to children throughout the country. Families can find affiliated sports programs at ahealthieramerica.org/Olympics.

"Many of these kids will be playing sports for the very first time," Mrs. Obama said. "And that is so important because sometimes . . . all it takes is that first lesson or that first clinic or that first class to get a child excited about a sport. All it takes is one opportunity, and once they're engaged that is when coaches and instructors can step in and become mentors. That's when discipline and teamwork can become daily lessons. That's when being active can become a life long habit."

Mrs. Obama will lead the Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the Games in London. While at the Games, she said she will "be thinking about the power of the Games to truly inspire a generation. I'll be thinking about how our Olympics and Paralympic athletes can serve as role models for our young people and as examples of the values we want our kids to learn."

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