Michelle Obama will be honored by her Chicago high school alma mater with her name emblazoned on new athletics facility that is under construction. (Photo: Getty Images, Rick Kern)
The outdoor facility, which has been a decade in the making, costs $4.3 million and will have a track for running and a field that will allow students to play football, baseball, soccer and lacrosse.
It’ll also have seating, lights, artificial turf, and the new complex aligns with Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to reduce childhood obesity that she started in the White House. The center will be open to community residents as well. “She’s very concerned about physical fitness for everyone, not just your top athletes,” Kenner told the newspaper. “Our kids have been running on the concrete for 44 years. The students would run to Willis Tower and back. Now they will have a track in which they can practice their running, their hurdling and have contests on the field.” The former first lady visited her old high school in November 2018 and gave students some key life lessons. “I want you all to learn how to be advocates for yourself in this life,” she told the students the. “Because people will try to take your voice and shape it in a way that has nothing to do with who you really are. “I had to fight stereotypes and notions that people thought they had about what a Black woman from the South Side of Chicago should be,” Obama added. “I was labeled as angry and not an asset to my husband, all because I was using my voice.”