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Michelle Obama weeks ahead: Jumping jack challenge

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Office of the First Lady
October 5, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011
3:30 PM: First Lady Michelle Obama and members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will host a Let's Move! clinic on the South Lawn to teach kids soccer skills and highlight the importance of physical activity. Mrs. Obama will be joined by players Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Lori Lindsey, Alex Morgan, Kelley O'Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn, as well as youth from Soccer Sisters United in Philadelphia and Prince William Courage Soccer Club in Woodbridge, Va. The Women's National Soccer Team players will lead the kids through a clinic based on the principles of U.S. Soccer's curriculum. The curriculum is designed to improve development of players in the U.S., concentrating on creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating a fun environment. This event will be open press but the media credentialing deadline has passed.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
2:45 PM: First Lady Michelle Obama will launch a challenge on the White House's South Lawn to help break the Guinness World RecordsĀ® title for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. She will join National Geographic Kids magazine in this Let's Move! event where she will serve as the "Jumper in Chief" and lead hundreds of local children in doing one minute of continuous jumping jacks. Mrs. Obama will deliver brief remarks, and the pre-program will be hosted by NBC Today Show Weather Anchor Al Roker. Guinness World Record winner John Cassidy will be on hand to showcase his talents and President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition member Michelle Kwan will serve as an independent witness for the event. This event will be reviewed by an official from the Guinness World Records and will signal the beginning of the 24-hour challenge. To break the record, more than 20,000 people from around the world need to get on their feet and do jumping jacks for one minute. For more information about National Geographic Magazine's program go to This event will be open press; media interested in covering this event should RSVP to by Friday, October 7th at 12:00 PM. Press who do not have a White House hard pass must include their social security number, date of birth, country of citizenship, current city/state of residence and gender.

6:00 PM: First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee reception in Washington, D.C. covered by a print pooler.

7:00 PM: First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee dinner in Washington, D.C. covered by a print pooler.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
11:00 AM: As part of the Administration's activities to welcome the President and First Lady of the Republic of Korea, and Mrs. Obama's tradition of extending the reach of the State Visit beyond the gates of the White House, Mrs. Obama will invite the Republic of Korea's First Lady Kim Yoon-ok to Annandale High School in Virginia. Annandale is home to one of the largest Korean-American communities in the Washington area. Annandale High School's 2,500 students derive from nearly 90 countries and speak over 50 languages. The school offers an International Baccalaureate program and is known for its musical and theater programs. Mrs. Obama will deliver brief remarks at the conclusion of a musical performance featuring Jennifer Koh, the World Children's Choir, and Annandale High School students. Koh was born in Illinois to Korean parents; her mother was born in North Korea, escaped and was a refugee in Seoul where she met her husband before moving to the United States. The World Children's Choir is comprised of children of many cultures and nations who come together to sing about friendship and peace, while learning how music expresses emotion and creates shared experiences. This event will be open press, media interested in covering this event should RSVP to by Tuesday, October 11th at 12:00 PM.


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