First lady has plan to get kids involved in sports
Monday, May 14, 2012
DALLAS (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama has announced a plan to get more than 1.7 million children involved in Olympic-style activities as part of her "Let's Move!" initiative.
Mrs. Obama, who will lead the U.S. delegation at the London Olympics, has made combating childhood obesity a priority over the past few years.
She was joined by more than two dozen Olympians and Paralympians on Monday to announce the plan, which has received support from the Partnership for a Healthier America, the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Paralympics and numerous national governing bodies.
USA Cycling, for example, will provide free memberships and clinics. The U.S. Tennis Association plans to introduce 620,000 youths to the sport, and USA Swimming will enroll 530,000 learn-to-swim participants in its "Make a Splash" program.