Champions of Change

Champions of Change: Let's Move!

The White House honors local leaders who are inspiring and empowering America’s youth to lead active, healthy lifestyles. These individuals are all united around one goal: to get kids moving more. Each of them has developed or is implementing an effective model for making physical activity fun, accessible, and sustainable for young people in their communities. From P.E. teachers to local parks and recreation coordinators, and from doctors to volunteer coaches, this group represents the spectrum of physical activity leaders across the country.

Andre Ashley has been employed with Portland Parks & Recreation for the past 18 years and directing Sports Programs for more than a decade. In his role as Sports Management Supervisor, Andre...

Hector Avila is the Program Coordinator for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) Soccer for Success program, an inner city soccer program that focuses on life skills development...

Brian Bosto serves as the Brookston Center Manager for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Previously, he held the position of Youth Coordinator of the Sawyer Community Center, and was...

As the Director of Healthy Living at the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo, Sarah Bucher is dedicated to improving the nutrition and physical activity of employees and participants in companies,...

Robert Castaneda and his wife Amy founded Beyond the Ball in 1998 and Robert currently serves as Executive Director. Beyond the Ball is a sports-based youth and community development organization...

Chris West has been a physical education instructor at Bauder Elementary School in Fort Collins Colorado for the past 15 years. He has been co-leader of Bauder Elementary Wellness team since 2006...

Cindy Coughlin is a physical education and health teacher at Alice B. Beal Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has been working in the Springfield Public School system for 11...

Carolyn Ward, Ph.D. serves as the CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the primary philanthropic partner to the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the most visited units of the National Park System....

For over ten years, Shawanda Weems has been an English teacher at PS/MS 15 in the Bronx, New York. In collaboration with the Youth and Community Division of New York Road Runners (NYRR), Shawanda...

Melissa Stockwell is an above the knee amputee from the war in Iraq and a World Champion Paratriathlete. In early 2011, Melissa and two friends founded the Dare2tri Paratriathlon club, with the...

Cameron Hajialiakbar is the founder and president of the Coaching Corps chapter at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Coaching Corps trains, and places volunteer coaches into after-...

Dr. Richard Kozoll, MD, MPH has practiced family and preventive medicine in the small community of Cuba, New Mexico since 1975. An avid outdoorsman, Richard is dedicated to creating opportunities...

Kenneth "Kenny" is a native of Washington, DC and a Woodrow Wilson Senior High School alumnus. Kenny is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he was a four-year starter on the men’s soccer...

Elyse Cohen is the Deputy Director of Let’s Move!, the First Lady’s initiative to ensure that children grow up healthy and able to pursue their dreams. Prior to joining the First Lady’s...