First lady Michelle Obama visited the U.S. Open for the first time Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, to promote “LET’S MOVE”; her campaign against childhood obesity. The initiative encourages more children to become active and lead healthier lifestyles. She also applauded the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for engaging millions of children in tennis, introducing tennis into thousands of elementary schools throughout the country, and building more than 2000 right-sized courts that provide a place for young people to play tennis.
The First Lady is pictured her with Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA Jon Vegosen, and former and current players who participated in the USTA 10 and Under Clinic: MaliVai Washington, Billie Jean King, James Blake, Serena and Katrina Adams.
James Blake Another of My Favorite Players with the First Lady
Pictured here with tennis great Billie Jean King, First Lady Michelle Obama commented “I have been trying to get to the US Open my entire life. I am so incredibly excited to finally be at my first US Open, but I am equally excited and proud to be standing in partnership with the USTA and all they have done for hundreds of thousands of kids across this country. You are an example of what we can do when we put our minds to it,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.