Obama Praises World Series Champs Giants for LGBT, Healthy Food Activism

Fred Lucas | July 29, 2013 | 5:22pm EDT
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President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama heralded World Series champions the San Francisco Giants Monday at the White House not only for their achievements on the baseball field, but for advocating key agenda items of the Obama White House.

One initiative has been promoting acceptance of homosexuals through the “It Gets Better” program.

“So as the Giants prove every day, baseball can be even bigger than all-stars and Cy Young winners,” the president said on the South Lawn. “The Junior Giants program uses baseball to each integrity and leadership and teamwork to more than 20,000 children. The team recently won a national award for their support of the LGBT community. Two years ago, the Giants became the first professional sports franchise to record an ‘It Gets Better’ video to help bullied youth.”

The president also talked about a vegetable garden that would be part of the baseball field.

Healthier food choices is the key to first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

“I’m proud to announce that next season they’re planning to turn the centerfield bleachers at AT&T Park into what’s believed to be the first ever edible garden in a major American sports facility,” Obama said. “With rows of kale and strawberries and eggplant, the Giants are going to help encourage local youth to eat healthy – even at the ballpark.”

The president added, to some laughter, “I should add, even Michelle would say it's okay to have a hotdog once in a while, though. I don’t want everybody to get carried away and think they have to have kale every time they go to the ballpark.”

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