June 16, 2009

Obama announces new sports office

U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday announced the formation of the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport.

The president said the permanent office will promote the values of the Olympic Movement and encourage increased youth participation in athletics.

It is an important goal of my administration to give our nation's children every possible tool they need to grow, learn and succeed in life, the president said. A key part of this is increasing access to healthy, constructive activities like sports for our nation's children. Too many American kids -- particularly those in urban areas -- have no access to organized sporting activities.

The White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport will recommend federal policies and programs to the president to enhance opportunities and access for youth participation in sport, with particular focus on youth in urban areas.

The office also will act as liaison to any organizing committee for an Olympic and Paralympic Games hosted in the United States.