Michelle Obama, US Tennis to film obesity PSA on campus

First Lady Michelle Obama will film an anti-obesity public service announcement in Yates Field House tomorrow.

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

7 Comments on “Michelle Obama, US Tennis to film obesity PSA on campus

  1.  by  Fiore

    In order to end obesity, I will close a gym for a day to make a commercial about why you should go to the gym I just closed to make this commercial. Also, it’s a secret.

    Georgetown better get some serious play in the spot to justify disrupting students’ lives so.

  2.  by  Jacob

    The University should not allow this until President Obama produces his GoCard.

  3.  by  Fiore

    ^^ That might not be enough. Do they have GoCards at SFS-Q?

  4.  by  Charizard

    Fiore, the commercial is about childhood obesity, so it’s not targeted at Georgetown students, so there’s no hypocrisy on Obama’s part. Also, the gym is only partially closed until noon. Nbd, dawg.

  5.  by  pickachu

    Hey charizard, it was a joke, hahahha how did u not get it?

  6.  by  Fiore

    ^^ Shhhhhhh, that was a secret, too.
    Also, where is that Indonesian/Kenyan GoCard of yours, Mr. President?

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