First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at 2013 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.
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By Dana Czapnik
First Lady Michelle Obama stole the show at the 2013 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, encouraging kids to get out, get active and to lead healthy lifestyles.
The First Lady, who was introduced by world No. 1 Serena Williams, spoke during the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day stadium show that featured rising young musical stars Austin Mahone and Ariana Grande, among others. The First Lady leads Let’s Move!, a comprehensive initiative dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.
"When I was your age, I didn’t have tennis roles models," the First Lady told the packed crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium. "I didn’t live in a community where there were tennis courts. You guys are going to be way ahead of me."
The First Lady told the crowd about plans for the USTA to donate 5,000 more tennis courts around the country and commit to bringing 300,000 more children to the sport.
"I love the game of tennis," she said to the crowd’s delight. "It’s a great way to stay healthy and stay fit. And it’s a lifelong sport. It’s a great game to get your heart racing and pumping, no matter how old you are."
The packed crowd filled with kids of all ages and their parents spent the day on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center playing tennis, being active, and having fun, which helped demonstrate the First Lady’s mission how getting active leads to having happier, healthier children.