The USTA has announced that it has partnered with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to support the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll. The 2012 Easter Egg Roll, which takes place today on the South Lawn of the White House, is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” All of the activities encourage children to lead healthy and active lives, which is a central part of the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity.
This is the third consecutive year that the USTA has been involved in the annual event. Celebrating this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll theme “Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move,” the USTA will offer 10 and Under Tennis courts for kids to play on in support of the First Lady’s initiative to get kids active.
The 10 & Under Tennis initiative is part of an effort to encourage young people across the country to get moving and start playing tennis. Ten & Under Tennis focuses on getting more kids playing tennis by using modified equipment and courts tailored to a child’s size. Featuring shorter and lighter racquets, slower-bouncing balls, smaller courts and simplified scoring, children learn to play more quickly and easily while having more fun in the process.
Current and former tennis stars, including Andy Roddick, Chris Evert, Michael Chang, Christina McHale, Jack Sock, Vania King, Katrina Adams, Taylor Dent and Bethanie Mattek-Sands will be on-hand throughout the day, coaching and working with children with the 10 and Under Tennis on-court activities.
“It’s an honor for the USTA to once again be part of the annual Easter tradition at the White House,” said Jon Vegosen, chairman of the board and president of the USTA. “The White House and First Lady’s support of tennis by showcasing it as a model sport to get kids active, moving and having fun is very gratifying for the USTA’s efforts as we promote tennis throughout the country.”
This will be the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll with more than 30,000 people visiting the South Lawn for games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll.
Souvenir White House Easter eggs first became an annual keepsake in 1981, when President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan hosted a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of famous people. The tradition continues this year with the addition of an official First Dog “Bo” egg.