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WASHINGTON--With Chicago officials in Switzerland promoting Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid at an important site selection meeting, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned that President Obama is creating a new White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport.

According to the White House, 'this permanent White House office will promote the values of the Olympic Movement and encourage increased youth participation in athletics. The primary function of the Office will be to enhance awareness of the Olympic Movement through promotion of its fundamental principles at the federal level."

From the White House...

President Obama Announces New White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport

WASHINGTON - Today, President Barack Obama announced the formation of the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport.

This permanent White House office will promote the values of the Olympic Movement and encourage increased youth participation in athletics. The primary function of the Office will be to enhance awareness of the Olympic Movement through promotion of its fundamental principles at the federal level.

President Obama said, "It is an important goal of my administration to give our nation's children every possible tool they need to grow, learn and succeed in life. A key part of this is increasing access to healthy, constructive activities like sports for our nation's children. Too many American kids - particularly those in urban areas - have no access to organized sporting activities. Sports are an important way to instill values, judgment and teamwork in our nation's kids, and this new office reflects our commitment to giving all our children a chance to thrive. As the International Olympic Committee moves forward with their selection process we hope that this new office can serve as a model for youth involvement worldwide."

The White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport will:

* Recommend federal policies and programs to the President to enhance opportunities and access for youth participation in sport, with particular focus on youth in urban areas
* Foster and encourage youth sporting, educational and cultural events involving Olympic values-based programs and the participation of U.S. Olympians and Paralympians

The Office will also work in coordination with appropriate executive departments and agencies, including the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, to:

* Engage in outreach to state and local government officials, nonprofit organizations and the private sector
* Coordinate federal resources, and act as liaison to, any organizing committee for an Olympic and Paralympic Games hosted in the United States
* And work closely with the United States Olympic Committee and national sport governing bodies to increase access and opportunities for youth to participate in sports.

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7 Comments

Obama is WAY out of touch on this issue. City employees are being laid off by the thousands, the City is in a $300 plus deficit, the mayors nephew Vanecko in under indictment by the feds for highly questionable access to $60 million in city pension funds, parking meter rates are sky high, parking meters don't function, etc, etc, etc, NO GAMES CHICAGO, Just ask reporters John Kass and Carol Marin!

What is it with the No Games people? They would cut off their nose to spite their face. None of their arguments against the Olympics have anything to do with the Olympics. Yes the city is in budget crisis. That's exactly why we need to win the Olympics. Without the Olympics, we'll be waiting decades for the infrastructure improvements that we desperately need. Once we're selected you can rest assured federal dollars will be flowing into Chicago to make sure Chicago is a gleaming example of an American city rather than a deteriorating embarrassment. But I guess logic eludes the No Games people. They would tell you to stop planning to buy a sandwich and focus on how hungry you are.

I second No Games Chicago's comments. I don't care how many political favors the President owes the Mayor. Indebting the population of one of the most beautiful (but corrupt) cities in the country because the Mayor wants to glorify himself and enrich his friends and family through Olympic construction contracts is not a very presidential action. It makes the President look like just another crooked Chicago politician.

What does the City of Chicago Lay offs have anything to do with Olympics? That is very naive comment.

John Kass NEVER likes anything the city (or Mayor Daley) does!

Why use the the branded terms "Olympic" and "Paralympic" as opposed to sports or athletics? Who will be funding it? Shouldn't there first be an office on education so we can catch up with the more highly literate nations of the world that are leaving the U.S. in their wake. There is plenty of promotion of sports in this country. Every newscast and newspaper has a sports section. An educated society will find its way to the science lab, art museum, musical forums and healthful lifesyles as well as the sport field. Fix our schools first, pay our educators what they are worth before paying for artificial playing fields. Sports is a HUGE business in this country it doesn't need promotion from the highest office in the land.

IF YOU GUYS WOULD COME TO GRIPS WITH THE FACT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES LIVED IN CHICAGO BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED!
HE HAS NO CONTROL OVER CRIME, SCHOOLS, LAY-OFFS,
HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IF YOU HAVE A BEEF WITH THE MAYOR, WRITE THE MAYOR, IF YOU HAVE A BEEF WITH THE PRESIDENT, WRITE THE PRESIDENT, BUT WRITE WITH SUBSTANCE, STOP FAULTING THE PRESIDENT FOR HAVING TIES TO CHICAGO, THE NEW PRESIDENT WORKS 6 DAYS SOMETIMES 7, HE IS DOING A GOOD JOB, HE HAS NO CONTROL OVER THE ELECTION IN IRAN AS WELL, IT AMAZES ME THAT WE ALLOWED THE PRESIDENT OF IRAN TO COME TO AMERICA AND SPEAK AT THE UN, AND AT VARIOUS COLLEGES, BUT WE DON'T WANT THE PRESIDENT TO SPEAK TO THIS MAN DIRECTLY, BUT NOW YOU WANT THE PRESIDENT TO COMMENT ON THE VOTER FRAUD IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, THAT'S HOW WE ENDED UP IN IRAQ, FAULTY INTELLIGENCE, WE STILL HAVENT' FOUND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, IRAQ LOOKS LIKE POLAND DID IN WORLD WAR 2, NOW YOU WANT THE PRESIDENT TO GO INTO IRAN, WITH WHOM, MOST OF OUR SOLDIERS ARE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, WE SHOULD REMAIN CALM AND DO LIKE THE PRESIDENT IS DOING, SURVEY THE SITUATION, NOT HINDER THE PROCESS!

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