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DC SCORES Big with Sporting Kansas City

Earlier this month, President Obama welcomed Sporting Kansas City, the 2013 Major League Soccer champions, to the White House. During their visit, Sporting KC held a soccer clinic on the South Lawn with DC SCORES youth. The DC SCORES program works with low-income youth to develop after school teams that cultivate a love for self-expression, physical fitness and community through involvement in poetry, soccer, and service-learning year-round. Active in 47 schools, DC SCORES reaches 1,500 youth across Washington, DC.

During the clinic, the youth joined the Sporting KC assistant coach and players, taking advantage of a unique opportunity to learn and build their soccer skills. Matt Besler, Defender for Sporting KC, shared his lessons learned about the importance of healthy eating and leading an active lifestyle:

“I know firsthand being an athlete how important exercise is. Healthy eating – without that I wouldn’t be able to perform. We try to pass that along as much as we can with the messages that we give the kids.”