By Duncan Mackay

September 14 - United States President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, the First Lady, are to promote Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics with a special event at the White House on Wednesday, it was announced today.

Obama is to stage an event on the South Lawn of the White House with the White House Office on Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport, Chicago 2016 and United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to promote the campaign to bring the Summer Games back to the US for the first time since Atlanta in 1996 and highlight the his administration’s commitment to service, healthy living and youth sport.
The President and First Lady will be joined by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, representatives from Chicago 2016, the USOC, American Olympians and Paralympians, along with schoolchildren from local Washington DC area schools to discuss the ideals of the Olympic Movement and how to get more youngsters involved in sport.
Two groups of Olympic athletes will visit Washington DC area schools in the morning and travel back to the White House to join the Obamas. 

The visits are part of Athlete Ambassador, a service programme set up by Chicago 2016 and World Sport Chicago where Olympians’ and Paralympians from across the country promote the values of the Olympic Movement by engaging youth in sport activities.
After the President and First Lady’s remarks at the White House, Chicago 2016 representatives and the Olympic and Paralympic athletes will conduct sports demonstrations at the White House.
Last week, the Obama administration announced that the First Lady will lead the delegation to support Chicago ’s bid at the host city election in Copenhagen on October 2.

She will travel with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama and chair of the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. 

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