Obama Gives Kids At After-School Program A Pep Talk

Obama made a surprise visit to a group of kids participating in a program to help kids get involved with after-school activities.

Imagine you are a kid and you are minding your own business enjoying some after-school activities when former president Barack Obama shows up? How cool would that be? That is exactly what happened to students at Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Southeast D.C. on Wednesday. Obama decided to make a surprise visit and check up on some of the kids. While he was there he played softball where he hit a double on the first pitch and he tossed the football around.

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Obama wanted to go and speak to the kids about some things. “If you work hard and listen to your coaches . . . I’m going be on the lookout for you,” Obama said. “You’re going to do something important. You’re going to make a real difference, and we’re going to be proud of you.” Obama really likes to get involved with kids and their after-school activities. He understands how important it is for children to be involved so that they stay "off the streets."

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Tal Alter, the academy’s executive director, said that it was amazing for Obama to be able to stop by and make a surprise visit. Some of the kids don't realize how important it is to be involved. Barack coming to visit them really validated their efforts to stay involved. Alter said that it was amazing to see Obama out playing with the kids. Barack participated in a football game where he threw a ball to one of the kids and the kids scored a touchdown. Alter said all of the kids went wild for excitement for the boy who caught the football from the former president.  Alter said that moment was his highlight. He stated, “that for me is an indication that the staff is doing something right, that they celebrated the young man and not the president."

Not only did Obama talk to the kids and play a few sports he also picked up a bag of groceries from their on-site farmers market. The kids got a kick out of him shopping at their little store. The former president really made an impact on all of the kids there. He didn't have to say much. They all felt so important that the former president would take time out of his life to go and visit them while playing sports. They all felt very special and that what they were doing really mattered.

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