Trump makes push for youth team sports in executive order

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President Trump has moved "sports" to the front of the title of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Now called the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, Trump's directive breaks with former first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move agenda to promote kids' team sports specifically.

As a companion to the executive order, Ivanka Trump wrote in an op-ed for NBC News on Tuesday: "Whether a student aspires to be an Olympic athlete or simply enjoys being a part of a team, youth sports gives children and young adults a unique opportunity to develop their talents, to learn how to work with others, and to persevere in the face of adversity."

Although President Trump has been encouraged to exercise more himself, it is no secret that he is personally a big fan of team sports. He is outspoken about NFL protests, a friend of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and was reportedly once so good a baseball player that the Philadelphia Phillies scouted him in high school. SportsBusiness Journal named Trump the most powerful person in sports in 2017.

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The establishment of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition also indicates that Trump will not be dropping "nutrition" as a focus of the council, even though it was introduced by former President Barack Obama. Former bodybuilder and Incredible Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno is rumored to be in talks to head Trump's council.

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