Mrs. Obama was flanked by retired NBA center Shaquille O’Neal, track and field star Allyson Felix, gymnastics legend Dominique Dawes, and North American Reebok President Uli Becker. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson also joined the First Lady at the event.
Mrs. Obama, who is slated to release a hip-hop and fitness-themed album for children, is urging schools nationwide to sign up for the “Let’s Move Active Schools” initiative, which aims to get schools to encourage physical activity 60 minutes per day before, during, and even after school.
Chancellor Henderson said 111 D.C. schools have signed up, and Becker announced that the BOKS – a fitness and nutrition initiative – will award 500 schools with $1,000 grants to bring the programs to their respective schools.
Mrs. Obama made an announcement over the school’s loudspeaker system before joining the athletes in the school’s multipurpose room following questions and fun activities.