Michelle Obama, US Tennis to film obesity PSA on campus
5:00 p.m. update: Katie McCormick Lelyveld (COL ’01), Obama’s press secretary, released the following statement to the Voice:
Georgetown is providing a venue to the United States Tennis Association for tapings that include First Lady Michelle Obama and the Let’s Move! initiative, along with Andre Agassi and Stefi Graf. The First Lady will only be there for a short portion of the day. More details will be released at the end of the month.
Lelyveld noted that the additional recording on campus is related to USTA filming, not the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.
Original post: “This filming is for a health and wellness public service piece,” Judy Harvey, assistant to Yates Field House Director Jim Gilroy, wrote in an email.
Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, which launched in 2010, aims to end childhood obesity.
According to whispers around campus, she’ll be joined by the U.S. Tennis Association’s Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. USTA will film another part of the PSA on the first floor of Healy Hall today.
The University’s Office of Communications, which approves all on-campus filming requests, directed our questions about the filming to the First Lady’s Press Office. When we contacted the White House, we got this vague non-denial:
“We’re not allowed to release any information.”
Yesterday, an email sent to members of the Yates Field House announced the “limited access … due to commercial filming.” The filming schedule will affect access to the tennis and basketball courts, track, stretching area, varsity weight room, ergometer area, and the cardio/general weight area — in other words, almost the entire gym.
So, don’t be surprised if you spot Secret Service around Yates tomorrow. But by now, you should probably be used to it.
Additional reporting by Geoffrey Bible.
Photo: Max Blodgett