July 23rd, 2012
03:03 PM ET
(CNN) – The White House held a conference call on Monday to release the details of First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to London as the head of the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games. Joining the first lady as part of the delegation will be former Olympics and Paralympics athletes Brandi Chastain, Dominique Dawes, Gabriel Diaz de Leon, Grant Hill and Summer Sanders.
“Leading our nation's delegation and traveling to London is truly a dream come true,” Obama said. “If anybody had asked me when I was 10, or 11 or 20 or actually 40 whether I'd be doing this I would have said not. Some of my fondest memories when I was young and not so young involved watching the Olympics on TV and cheering on Team USA and as part of this trip and my Lets Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity I decided that I wanted to turn that Olympic spirit and inspiration into action by using these games as a way to get more kids up and moving.”
The first lady will head to London on Thursday, and her official visit will begin with an informal breakfast for U.S. Olympians on Friday. Later in the morning, Obama will host a Let's Move! event for the children of American service members stationed in London as well as American and British students. Athletes such as David Beckham, Nadia Comaneci, Shawn Johnson, Carl Lewis, and Dikembe Mutombo will also attend the event.
According the White House, “Nickelodeon, The NBA and USA Basketball, U.S. Tennis Association, USA Field Hockey, USA Track and Field, Manchester United and Right to Play will provide sports stations for kids to get into the Olympic spirit by getting active.”
On Friday evening, the first lady will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth II for visiting heads of state.
On Saturday, Mrs. Obama will meet with Samantha Cameron – wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron – before attending Olympic events. And on Sunday she will deliver remarks at a brunch for the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic alumni athletes and Team USA supporters at the U.S. ambassador's residence. Before departing on Sunday afternoon, the first lady will greet American military families stationed at Mildenhall Air Force Base.