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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the First Lady
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama's Schedule As She Leads the Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London

First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, accompanied by Olympic and Paralympic greats Brandi Chastain, Dominique Dawes, Gabriel Diaz de Leon, Grant Hill and Summer Sanders. While in London, Mrs. Obama and the delegation will attend the Opening Ceremony, meet with U.S. athletes competing in the games and encourage American children to be active in their daily lives.

As part of the visit, First Lady Michelle Obama will host a Let's Move! event for about 1,000 American military children and American and British students to engage them in the spirit of the Olympic Games. Co-sponsored by Nickelodeon's The Big Help pro-social campaign and the Department of State, Let's Move! London will include sports stations, performances and chances for the kids to meet Olympic and Paralympic legends including the members of the U.S. delegation along with David Beckham, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Teresa Edwards, Emily Hughes, Sarah Hughes, Shawn Johnson, Carl Lewis, Dikembe Mutombo, Dara Torres, members of the 2012 US Track and Field Team and Manchester United legends, among others.

This event is part of the First Lady's work to turn the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games into action by getting more kids healthy and active. In May, the First Lady joined U.S. Olympians, Paralympians and London hopefuls to announce a nationwide commitment to get more than 1.7 million American children active as part of her Let's Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation. In March, Mrs. Obama welcomed Mrs. Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, to the United States by hosting a mini-Olympic event for local school children and in April, Mrs. Obama spoke at the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Warrior Games. Mrs. Obama also invited Americans to start or join Let's Move! Olympic Fun Day Meetups on July 28th, the first day of competition in London. In cities and towns all across the country, friends, family and neighbors will come together to participate in Olympic-inspired games and activities to not just cheer on Team USA, but to live up to the example they set.

The First Lady's Schedule at the 2012 Olympic Games in London

Thursday, July 26th 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive in the United Kingdom this evening. This arrival is closed press.

Friday, July 27th 2012

9:00 am BST (4:00 am ET), U.S. Olympic Training Facility, University of East London - First Lady Michelle Obama and the Presidential Delegation will greet members of the 2012 Team USA at an informal breakfast in honor of the Olympians. Mrs. Obama will deliver brief remarks at the event. The breakfast will be open press, but space is limited. Media interested in covering the event must RSVP to UELMedia@usoc.org by Wednesday, July 25th at 12:00 pm BST.

11:30 am BST (6:30 am ET), U.S. Ambassador's Residence - First Lady Michelle Obama will host a Let's Move! event for about 1,000 American military children and American and British students to engage them in the spirit of the Olympic Games. Co-sponsored by Nickelodeon's The Big Help pro-social campaign and the Department of State, Let's Move! London will include sports stations, performances and chances for the kids to meet Olympic and Paralympic legends including the members of the U.S. delegation along with David Beckham, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Teresa Edwards, Emily Hughes, Sarah Hughes, Shawn Johnson, Carl Lewis, Dikembe Mutombo, Dara Torres, members of the 2012 US Track and Field Team and Manchester United legends, among others.

Nickelodeon, The NBA and USA Basketball, U.S. Tennis Association, USA Field Hockey, USA Track and Field, Manchester United and Right to Play will provide sports stations for kids to get into the Olympic spirit by getting active. The Wanted, the University of Florida Gator Marching Band, Mark Ronson, Katy B. and Nickelodeon's DJ J Boogie and Jeff Sutphen, the Power Rangers and SpongeBob SquarePants will help entertain the kids throughout the event. This event is open press, but space is limited.

Evening - In the evening, the First Lady will attend a reception for Heads of State hosted by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Following the reception, the First Lady will attend the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in her role as head of the Presidential Delegation.

Saturday, July 28th 2012

In the morning, First Lady Michelle Obama will meet with Mrs. Samantha Cameron. This meeting will be closed press.

In the afternoon and evening, the First Lady will cheer on Team USA at Olympic sporting events to be announced.

Sunday, July 29th 2012

In the morning, the First Lady will deliver brief remarks at a brunch at the Ambassador's residence for the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic alumni athletes and Team USA supporters. Afterwards, she will greet and thank members of the U.S. Embassy and their families. These two events will be closed press.

1:45 pm BST (8:45 am ET), Mildenhall Air Force Base -Prior to departing the United Kingdom, Mrs. Obama will greet American military families stationed at Mildenhall Air Force Base. Last year, the First Lady launched Joining Forces, a nation-wide initiative with Dr. Jill Biden to recognize, honor and take action to support military families. Since then, significant progress has been made to rally Americans around military families including substantial commitments made by communities, businesses, schools, faith groups, non-profit organizations and individual Americans to show military families the support they deserve. T

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