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Full Year 2013 - Sports


President Obama and the First Lady to Serve As Honorary Chairs of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Disability, Sports | July, 31 2013

By: Claudia Gordon

The Special Olympics honor a tradition that started more than fifty years ago with a little creativity, a lot of heart, and a big backyard at Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s house. Today, that simple day camp has grown into one of the biggest sporting competitions in the world for people with intellectual disabilities. Here at the White House, we’re already looking forward to the next games.

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Be the MVP of Your Health: Make Healthy Choices During National Nutrition Month

Fitness, Nutrition, Sports | March, 4 2013

By: Chris Paul, Point Guard for the Los Angeles Clippers and Member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

Making healthy choices is essential for me to function at the highest level, whether I’m on the road for a game or at home with my family. March is National Nutrition Month and is a great reminder for us all to incorporate healthy eating into our daily lives.

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PCFSN in 2012: A Look Back at an Amazing Year

Fitness, Nutrition, President's Council, Sports | February, 20 2013

By: Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

As I look back on 2012, I am amazed and proud of all that we have accomplished at the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN). It was a year of significant progress toward our mission to engage, educate, and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.

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Karyn Ridgeway's Story: In the Zone

Fitness, Sports, Title IX | February, 13 2013

By: Karyn Ridgeway, Physician

I remember it clearly: I was 10, sitting in the back of our car. It was a hot day and I had my face pressed against the window. I was watching my eight-year-old brother try out for Little League and I was jumping out of my skin. It was killing me that I couldn’t try out. I could throw and catch pretty well ... and I was fast. Suddenly, my mom left the car and walked right up to one of the coaches. I watched as she talked, gesturing back at me. She ran back and opened the car door: “Okay, Karyn, you’re on!”

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Lawrie Mifflin's Story: Get What You Need and Leave

Fitness, Sports, Title IX | February, 13 2013

By: Lawrie Mifflin, Senior Editor for New Digital Initiatives, New York Times

I grew up in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. My first love was field hockey. So when I was accepted to Yale in 1969, I walked through the university gates with my hockey stick tucked under my arm. After signing up for college classes I wanted to try out for the team. I asked around and was surprised to hear that Yale didn’t have a women’s hockey team.

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