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Soccer Champs Visit White House, Lead Clinic With Military Kids

President Obama Greets the Colorado Rapids

President Barack Obama welcomes the Major League Soccer champion Colorado Rapids to honor their 2010 season and the MLS Cup victory during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, June 27, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Today President Obama welcomed the Major League Soccer champion Colorado Rapids to the White House. He congratulated the team on its 2010 season and its MLS Cup victory.  This visit continued the tradition, begun by President Obama, of honoring sports teams not just for winning championships but for giving back to their communities. In addition to winning soccer games, the Rapids are active in a wide variety of service projects. These include encouraging kids to do well in school, as well as promoting good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Following the ceremony, the Colorado Rapids held a soccer clinic for children of military families on the South Lawn.

Watch the video from the event below:

Read the Transcript  |  Download Video: mp4 (59MB) | mp3 (6MB)

End note: During the clinic with military kids, some of the Rapids players thanked our facebook and twitter fans for giving back

Kyle Lierman is the White House Liaison to the Sports Community.

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