Soccer Dad Obama Thanks Women’s Professional Soccer Champs

By Cullen Dirner

Jul 1, 2010 6:59pm

From Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller:

Soccer-dad President Obama today thanked the Sky Blue FC Women’s soccer team at the White House, for being good role models for his soccer-loving daughter.

“Malia’s team did very well this summer,” Mr. Obama said of his oldest daughter’s soccer team, “I want to say a special thanks to this group, and to all the women who came before them, for serving as such outstanding role models.  Together, you’ve changed the way our young women look at themselves, you’ve expanded the realm of what they believe is possible.”

The Sky Blue FC team were the winners of the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer season. 

“The women on this team aren’t playing for fame or fortune.  They are spending countless hours in the gym and on the practice field because they recognize a rare opportunity to do the thing that they love.  They believe in using their God-given talent to inspire the next generation to reach a little higher and work a little harder.”

The president touted the Women’s Professional Soccer program called Get Active! that will sponsor 3-on-3 soccer tournaments to help young people learn about the importance of living healthy and active lives.

“This is a pretty exciting time for soccer in America,” Obama said, “We’ve all been glued to our TVs over the last couple of weeks as the men’s team made their run at the World Cup.  I know my staff, by the way, was watching when the U.S. beat Algeria, because I could hear them whooping it up as I was having important meetings in the Oval Office.”

- Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller

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