In New York, the Senior Policy Advisor bicycles with baseball stars on his way to All Star luncheon...
Long before he was America's foremost nutrition expert, Let's Move! Executive Director Sam Kass was an elite high school and college athlete who had dreams of playing Major League Baseball. On Monday, Kass got to rub elbows--and ankles--with pro players during a visit to New York City, where he bicycled with Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson, #14, and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Chris Dickerson, #36 as they headed to Granderson's Grand Kids Foundation All Star Awards
Luncheon at STK restaurant in midtown. (Above, Kass is C, Dickerson is beside him, and Granderson is R)
At the event, Kass and the White House were honored with the foundation's Leadership Award for the Let's Move! campaign. The ride through the wild and very hot streets of the metropolis (NY is in the midst of a heatwave) was aboard CitiBikes, and designed to promote both fitness and environmental awareness. The trio was escorted by some lovely young ladies, dressed a bit more appropriately than Kass, who was clad in a tie, a dress shirt and slacks.
Granderson, a three-time All Star, created his foundation in 2007 when he was with the Detroit Tigers, and he has become a national advocate for childrens issues, including health and fitness. He is the designated hitter from the baseball world for Let's Move!, joining sports stars from many other disciplines in promoting First Lady Michelle Obama's child obesity campaign.
Kass missed some big action at the White House to visit the Big Apple: On Monday, his bosses hosted former President George H. W. Bush and his family for a luncheon and award ceremony. Above, another photo of Kass with his pals, posted to Twitter by Granderson.
"Thx @citibikenyc for the ride to @STKmidtown for
#GrandKids event @Players4Planet @cdickerson_pftp @letsmove Sam Kass," Granderson tweeted on @CGrand14, naming some of his foundation's sponsors.
Also honored at the luncheon were New Balance (Sports Innovation Award), Legendary Entertainment (Inspiration Award), PWC (Corporate Citizenship Award), University of Illinois-Chicago (Community Service Award), and YMCA of Greater New York (Pioneer Award).
"Great ride with @cgrand14 @citibikeNYC supporting #GrandKids foundation. Super hot out but we made it. #safetyfirst," Dickerson tweeted on @CDickerson_PFTP with the photo above. Kass looks cool as a cucumber after his ride in 90-plus degree heat.
Granderson lists Let's Move! as one of his "featured partners" on the home page of his foundation's website.
Kass, whose schedule is not made public, travels frequently for Let's Move!. His next public outing will be closer to home. On Wednesday, July 17, Kass will speak at the GMA Growth and Public Policy Summit in Washington, DC.
*Top photo by Citibike; second by Curtis Granderson; third by Chris Dickerson