Let’s Move! Clinic with the NHL

Let’s Move! Clinic with the NHL


Military Aide:
Ladies and gentlemen, the
2010 National Hockey League champions, the
Chicago Blackhawks! (applause) Ladies and gentlemen, the First
Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, accompanied by
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and USA Hockey Executive
Director David Ogrean. (applause) The First Lady:
Hey, guys! Gary Bettman:
They’re back! Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome. And it is an honor to be here
with the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks here at the
White House with the First Lady. And it’s also an honor to
be here to announce the collaboration the NHL and USA
Hockey has with the First Lady’s initiative “Let’s Move!” We all need to work together
particularly at this time to help the nation’s youth lead
more active, healthier lives. In fact, we need everybody to be
more fit, especially children. We’ve got to get them outside
and get them away from video games and other things that are
less physically active and are things that don’t provide the
same lessons that sports, real sports provide. So we’re here today to announce
that the NHL and USA Hockey will work together to break down the
barrier and introduce the game of hockey to new children
across this country. As part of our collaboration
with “Let’s Move!” we are announcing that November
2011 will be designated as “Come Play Youth Hockey
for Free Month.” The First Lady:
Yay! Whooo! Free? (applause) David Bettman:
Free. The First Lady:
Free! David Bettman:
No catches. We’ll be working with
NHL teams, players, hockey industry leaders, alumni
and USA hockey certified coaches to leverage new and existing
grassroots initiatives such as our “Hockey is for Everyone”
initiative to get more kids to come out and play
our great game. And we have already started
inspiring young people throughout this country to try
hockey with a PSA campaign featuring the First Lady that
we launched at the NHL All Star Campaign in January. So now I would like to introduce
the leader who inspires us all to do a little more, to move
a little more every day. But before I introduce
you formally, Dave Ogrean who is the Executive
Director of USA Hockey has a USA Hockey jersey to present to you. David Ogrean:
You can do this with me, Gary.
We’ll put you in the middle. The First Lady:
Oh, my goodness. Look, look. Oh, yeah, this is me. This is FLOTUS. You guys know what this means? First Lady of the
United States, yeah. This is so cool. Thank you so much. Thanks so much. This is terrific. David Ogrean:
Do you want me to hold on to it? The First Lady:
Yes, please. Gary Bettman:
So with the Stanley Cup
Champions who ended a 49-year drought for the City
of Chicago’s hockey fans — The First Lady:
Whahoo! (applause) Gary Bettman:
— for a team that embodies
everything good about hockey, hard work,
determination, teamwork, the Chicago Blackhawks, it’s my
pleasure to introduce the First Lady of the United States,
Mrs. Michelle Obama. (applause) The First Lady:
Thank you. Hey, everybody! You guys fired up
and ready to play? Children:
Yay! The First Lady:
All right. I’ve got to
talk a little bit first. I’m going to talk first
and then we’ll play. All right? But let me start by thanking NHL
Commissioner Bettman for not just that kind introduction but
for everything that he and US Hockey and the NHL has
done for “Let’s Move!” and for kids. We’re just so honored
and proud to have them be involved in this. And I also want to thank
all of you, everybody here, all the kids for coming today
because this isn’t just — this is a special day because last
year we started something called “Let’s Move on the South Lawn!” because we decided it would be
pretty cool if we invited kids from the community to
come and play, where? In the backyard of the
White House, right? Pretty cool. So this is the first “Let’s Move
on the South Lawn” for 2011 and we are just delighted
to have you guys here. So give yourselves
a round of applause! Yay! (applause) So we do a bunch of different
things in the South Lawn series, and today we’re going to have
some fun and play some street hockey, all right? Yay, yay! And I’m going to be quick
because I know you guys have been sitting out here,
it’s getting cold, you’re ready to play but I do
want to recognize Dave Ogrean and everyone at USA Hockey and
the NHL for doing their part to make it easier for kids in our
country, all across the country, to play hockey and
to stay active. It’s very — it’s a very good
thing for them to be doing. I also want to thank my hometown
team, the Chicago Blackhawks, yay, Black awks! But we also have, in addition
to the Blackhawks we have some members of the Washington
Capitals team who are here today! Yay, let’s gave it up for
the Washington Capitals! And you know how special it is
for you guys to have these pro athletes here taking the time
out just to be with you? That’s pretty cool, right? So we’re really grateful because
they don’t have to do this. They’re going the extra mile
because they care about your kids, you kids and health. So these are some of the best
hockey players — you guys watch it over there — these are some
of the best hockey players in the world so they know a
thing or two about this game. And I know that they’re looking
forward to teaching you guys some things, okay? So you make sure you listen and
you learn something because a lot of these players started
out the same way you are. Many of them just
picked up a stick, they found some friends
and they started to play. And whether that was on
the ice or on the street, because a lot of hockey players
started playing street hockey. So today is about learning some
skills and having some fun but it’s also about getting the
exercise that you all need to grow to be healthy and strong. So this is about fun but this
is also about your health. That’s what I want for all of
you kids here and all kids across the country to be healthy
and active and be able to do great things because
you feel good. And that’s why we started
this program “Let’s Move!” about a few years ago to make
sure that kids eat healthy food and they stay engaged. Because being healthy doesn’t
just make you a better hockey player or a better athlete. It makes you a better student
because what we found is that the healthier you are,
the more active you are, the more you can pay
attention at school, the more it helps you
keep up with your friends on the playground. It gives you the energy that
keeps you from getting sick. That’s why in addition to eating
right we’re encouraging kids like you to move for
60 minutes every day. Do you guys do that? Do you move at least 60
minutes every single day? Children:
Yeah. The First Lady:
And that can be anything
that makes you move fast. It can be talking your dog. It can be dancing around in
the living room with your mom. A little dancin’ right? It can mean running around with
your friends or playing hockey. Baseball, that’s true. It can be any of that. But 60 minutes a day. It can be inside or outside
and that’s what kids need to do every single day. And if you’re doing that
you’re doing good stuff, but there are some kids
who aren’t doing that. And you guys have to be the
ambassadors for the other kids in your communities and your
school who aren’t getting that kind of exercise. And another thing that we’re
trying to do and encourage that is for kids who get 60 minutes a
day of exercise for six weeks, you know what you can do? You can get a President’s
Active Lifestyle Award. Ahh! Yeah, yeah. And you know how? If you’re interested,
you can get online or ask your parents to go to
Presidentschallenge.org, that’s online, we can
get you that information, and you can compete
for this award. It’s really fun to do. I did it and I got my award
because I didn’t want to be telling you to do something
that I hadn’t done. So it’s pretty fun. But you have to do
it consistently. So that’s something
else you can do. But for now, it’s
time to have fun. Are you ready? Children:
Yay! The First Lady:
All right. So I hope you guys
have a good time. I hope you guys have fun
here on the South Lawn. You’ve enjoyed being right
in front of the White House up close and personal. Make sure you listen, right? And thank all the
players for coming out. Okay? So with that, let’s get
going, let’s gets moving! So I’m going to
throw out the puck! (applause)

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