Michelle Obama is once again opening up an historic White House chamber to a sweaty sports event, hosting a soccer clinic Tuesday in the State Dining Room.
The event, which will include youth soccer players from low income and urban areas and the Major League Soccer champion L.A. Galaxy, is designed to promote Michelle’s “Let’s Move” kids health initiative.
The clinic was originally scheduled to be held on the South Lawn – what many would regard as a more appropriate venue – but has been moved inside due to rain.
Michelle recently turned the East Room into a gym, hosting a taping there of a workout for participants in NBC’s The Biggest Loser weight loss reality show. Michelle also staged a potato sac race with Jimmy Fallon in the East Room and a tug of war with the comedian in the Diplomatic Room.
The State Dining Room has been the scene of dozens of State Dinners, including soirées for Nelson Mandela, Boris Yeltsin, Vaclav Havel, Queen Elizabeth II, Golda Meir and many other of the 20th century’s most famous figures.
Earlier this year, President Obama shot a marshmallow across the State Dining Room.