Office of Media Affairs
For Immediate Release                                                 September 14, 2009
WEDNESDAY: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
Host White House Event on Olympics, Paralympics and Youth Sport
White House event will promote Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics, Highlight Administration Commitment to Service, Healthy Living and Youth Sport
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, September 16, 2009, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host an event on the South Lawn of the White House with the White House Office on Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport, Chicago2016 and United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to promote Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and highlight the Obama administration’s commitment to service, healthy living and youth sport.
The President and First Lady will be joined by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, representatives from Chicago2016, the USOC, United States Olympians and Paralympians, along with schoolchildren from local DC area schools to discuss the ideals of the Olympic movement and the Obama administration’s commitment to service and expanding access to healthy, constructive activities like sports for our nation’s children.
Two groups of Olympic athletes will visit DC area schools in the morning and travel back to the White House to join the President and First Lady, who will make remarks in the afternoon. These school visits are part of Athlete Ambassador, a service program set up by Chicago 2016 and World Sport Chicago where Olympians’ and Paralympians from across the country promote the values of the Olympic Movement by engaging youth in sport activities.
After the President and First Lady’s remarks at the White House, Chicago2016 representatives and the Olympic and Paralympic athletes will conduct sports demonstrations at the White House.
Last week, the Obama administration announced that the First Lady will lead the delegation to support Chicago’s bid at the host city election in Copenhagen on October 2, 2009. She will travel with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. In her role as First Lady, Mrs. Obama, who was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, has been committed to bridging the gap between the White House and underserved communities around DC and across the country, and her trip to Copenhagen is an opportunity for the First Lady to carry this commitment to the international stage.
The President and First Lady’s event at the White House on Wednesday is open to the press. If you are a reporter but are not part of the White House Press Corps, you are more than welcome to cover; however, you must RSVP by 11:00 am ET Tuesday morning to be granted access to cover the event.
Details on the school visits and South Lawn event are below.
WHO: United States Olympic and Paralympic Athletes
WHAT: Visit to DC area schools to discuss the importance of service, healthy living and youth sport
WHERE: Sousa Middle School in Washington, DC and Lake Ridge Middle School in Woodbridge, VA
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 2009
9:00 AM ET
NOTE: The visits are OPEN PRESS but CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. For more information please contact
WHO: President Obama, Mrs. Obama, Mayor Daley, Chicago2016 Representatives, the USOC, U.S. Olympians and Paralympians
WHAT: Event on South Lawn at the White House to Promote Chicago2016, Discuss Service, Healthy Living and Youth Sport with DC Schoolchildren
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 2009
1:00 PM ET
Pre-set: 12:00 PM ET
Final Gather: 12:30 PM ET at the North Doors of the Palm Room
Please check Tuesday evening’s daily guidance release for any edits to the timing of the preset and final gather.
NOTE: White House event is OPEN PRESS but CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. The sports demonstrations taking place after the remarks will also be open to the press.
***Members of the press wishing to cover this event who do not have a White House hard pass must email with their full name, date of birth, social security number and country of citizenship by 11:00 am ET Tuesday morning.***

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