YMCA Youth to Meet with WNBA Champs Phoenix Mercury at the White House
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2010) Today, 30 kids from the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington will meet with the 2009 WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury at the White House. As part of its WNBA Fit Clinic, the team and WNBA Legend and fitness expert Jennifer Azzi will talk to the kids about the importance of physical activity, nutrition and self-confidence.
“We are excited that youth from the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington have the privileged opportunity to visit the White House and meet with the Phoenix Mercury,” said Janice Williams, senior vice president of program development for YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. “This is an excellent way for our youth to learn more about healthy lifestyles, and also witness a commitment to service firsthand.”
The Mercury will be at the White House on Monday for its championship visit and ceremony with President Barack Obama. Following the ceremony, the WNBA and Mercury are hosting a special WNBA Fit Clinic in honor of Let’s Move! – First Lady Michelle Obama’s national campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation, and an initiative supported by the Y.
In February, the Y joined the White House and community leaders in supporting the Let’s Move! campaign. The Y helps youth reach their full potential and feel secure in their communities through a variety of efforts including increasing the number of safe places to play, making communities safe for walking and cycling and advocating for more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in school lunches.
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net