One, two, three, sports! Love it.We’re gonna have some fun today. I just want to first welcome all of you
here to this inclusive, youth sports festival.I’m Holli Richmond, the Executive Director
of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition and we’re here participating
with over 100 active kids in celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. I made new friends. It was a lot of fun. I played basketball and then soccer and swimming.Inclusive sports are so important because
it evens the playing field for youth of all abilities and backgrounds to come together
and play sports. I had a good time because everyone was like,
really kind and want to play with and everything. The key is to make it fun. Hi, I’m Rob Wilkins with the President’s Council
on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. If the kids are not having fun they probably
won’t continue to participate. The benefits of youth sports participation
are vast, beyond your obvious physical health benefits, you have higher self-confidence,
higher self-esteem. There are no disabilities in this house. We only celebrate abilities. Amen? Dr. Tom Moran, Professor of Kinesiology here
at James Madison University. So many times you see individuals with disabilities
and all people think about is the things they can’t do and then you see individuals with
abilities and you look at all the things they can do but today they’re all on the same,
level playing field celebrating ability together. From playing basketball, to volleyball, to
soccer, they had a really, really, great time. They got a chance to get out and exercise
and they made a new friend.To learn more about the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, please visit www.fitness.gov Follow us on Twitter @FitnessGov. Produced at U.S. taxpayer expense.