First Lady Michelle Obama Welcomes U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

First Lady Michelle Obama Welcomes U.S. Women’s Soccer Team


Cheryl Bailey:
How are you all doing today? Audience:
Good. Cheryl Bailey:
Excellent. Well, first off, I’d like to
just take this opportunity to thank the First Lady and her
staff to invite U.S. Soccer and the Women’s National Team to
be part of this event today. This is a pretty exciting time. And these women we have up in
front of us, these players, along with their team
mates and their coaches, do you all know what
they did this summer? Audience:
Yes. Cheryl Bailey:
What? Audience:
Play soccer. (laughter) Cheryl Bailey:
Well, we’re honored to be
here today to be part of the “Let’s Move!” campaign. It’s a wonderful campaign,
something that soccer certainly blends well with to get people
out there to be more fit, to eat better, to nutritiously
think about what you’re doing. And soccer, which
all of you play, millions of boys and girls
across the U.S. play soccer. It’s a sport that you
can play by yourself. You can go out and
just dribble a ball. You can get a group together
and just play a pick-up game. Or you can be involved
in organized leagues, which I believe most of
you are which is exciting. So it allows you to have
fun, but also to stay fit. And when we went to the
World Cup this summer, there was an awful
lot of excitement, because this particular team
with their team mates and their coaches probably provided
some of the most memorable moments in sports. It was certainly exciting. And it ignited the U.S. to
get turned on to soccer. And you can look at them as role
models that clearly are part of what’s “Let’s Move!” is: To
be able to get out there, to be able to think about your
priorities when it comes to fitness and lifestyle,
and to just move. To be active, to
be participants, and that’s just an exciting
time for U.S. Soccer and the Women’s National Team
to be a part of that. So it’s exciting
for us to be here. You’re going to have a
wonderful clinic today. And at this time, it’s my
pleasure to introduce the First Lady, Michelle Obama. First Lady Michelle Obama:
Thank you, Cheryl. (applause) Thanks so much. You guys doing good? Audience:
Yes. First Lady Michelle Obama:
Yeah? We’ve got a
great day, don’t we? (laughter) You guys ready to
do some moving? Audience:
Yes. First Lady Michelle Obama:
Yeah? Well, I am too. So you’re going to have
to be patient with me. I am not a soccer player. But I’m going to get out
there and do my best, okay? Audience:
Okay. First Lady Michelle Obama:
I want to start by thanking
Cheryl for being here for that wonderful introduction. We’re going to have some
fun on the South Lawn. We’ve been doing events like
this for a little while now, inviting kids from the community
to come out in my backyard and to play a little bit. Now, we’ve done a little tennis. We’ve done a little relay races. We’ve done a little
bit of everything. Some double-dutch jumping rope. We’ve done a little
bit of everything. And we’re happy to have
the women’s World Cup U.S. Soccer Team here with us. We are proud of their
accomplishment this summer. I know that the President
and I and Malia and Sasha, we were glued to the TV. How many people
watched the tournament? Wasn’t it exciting? Audience:
Yes. First Lady Michelle Obama:
What was your favorite part?
Was there a favorite part? Audience Member:
When they beat Brazil. First Lady Michelle Obama:
Whoa, whoa, yes, when
they beat Brazil. That was powerful, wasn’t it? Yeah. That’s good.
Other favorite parts? What else? What about some headers? Some good headers, yeah, yeah. Audience Member:
(inaudible) First Lady Michelle Obama:
Well, we’re just happy to
have these women with us. And they are some of the
best soccer players in the entire world. Can you imagine becoming so
good at something that you’re the best in the whole world? Well, these women have done
it and they’ve made us so incredibly proud. But let’s not forget that
these women weren’t born super star athletes. And that’s something
that you all should know. I’m sure that none of you
expected to be standing here at the White House, right. None of you thought that
soccer would lead you to this. But they didn’t know. They started out like you,
as kids just having fun. You know, maybe just
playing in a league. Maybe just kicking
a ball around. And that’s really the point. You don’t have to become a
super star athlete to enjoy sports and to move. But getting involved in
something fun like this can help you in so many different ways. It’s not just about how you
feel, but being physically fit, it helps you in school. It helps you focus. It helps keep your mind
concentrating on what you need to do. So there’s a direct connection
between how healthy you are, the kind of food you
put in your body, and how your mind operates. Did you guys understand that? I mean, as athletes, you’ve got
to know that the food you eat and how you move is
directly connected, right? Audience:
Yes. First Lady Michelle Obama:
And that’s why I started
“Let’s Move!” as First Lady. One of my biggest initiative is
making sure that kids like you all across this country are
getting the exercise you need, and that you’re eating the
proper foods and you’re understanding how that’s
going to help you in so many different ways. And today is just one of
those ways where we can take the movement and have
a little fun with it. But one of the things I want to
encourage you and everybody out there watching to do, because
not every kid is fortunate enough to be able to
be in a soccer league. So we want to encourage kids
to find ways to keep moving. Maybe it’s not in a league, but
maybe it’s just running around in the backyard like
we’re about to do, kicking a ball and
doing some drills. You don’t have to always
do something organized. And we have something
called the President’s Active Lifestyle Award. It’s called the PALA Awards. And it’s a challenge to kids and
to families to be engaged in some kind of physical activity
60 minutes a day for a certain period of time. And if you do that, you can
earn a President’s Award. And to date, we set a goal to
have one million people earn their awards here in a year. And we hit our year during
the World Wide Day of Play. Did anybody watch
that on Nickelodeon? Audience Member:
(inaudible) First Lady Michelle Obama:
You were at a baseball game. I’m sorry about that. But you were moving so
that was a good thing. But we surpassed our goal. 1.7 million people in this
country have earned their PALA Awards. And we want to keep that
number growing, okay. So I want you to spread the
word, challenge yourselves, challenge the kids in your
classrooms, in your lives, the people in your family to get
online and find out about how to earn a PALA Award, okay. Do you promise me that? Audience:
Yes. First Lady Michelle Obama:
All right. Well, I’m going to stop
talking so that we can start moving, okay. You ready? Audience:
Yes. First Lady Michelle Obama:
All right. Let’s get going. Thank you, guys.

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