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President Clinton, Kobe Bryant headline Sunday’s ESPN Town Hall: Kids and Sports

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ESPN, the Aspen Institute and the Clinton Foundation recently produced an event entitled “ESPN Town Hall: Kids and Sports” (ESPN2, 8 p.m.).

ESPN Radio’s Mike Greenberg moderated a panel featuring President Bill Clinton and NBA All-Star and Olympian Kobe Bryant, who discuss the various issues facing kids and sports today as well as their personal experiences. ESPN commentator and former U.S. Women’s National Soccer team captain Julie Foudy joined the conversation along with U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun, Olympic gold medalist sprinter Allyson Felix, Major League Baseball All-Star Matt Kemp and former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker. The event was led by Aspen Institute Sports & Society director and ESPN contributor Tom Farrey.

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Before the ESPN Town Hall: Kids and Sports telecast, Front Row asks ESPN staffers involved in the forum: What is the one thing you hope viewers will take away from watching this program?

Rob King, Senior Vice President, SportsCenter and News:
“I hope viewers emerge with a deeper understanding of the impact that having – or not having – access to physical activity has on the lives of our kids.”

Mike Greenberg, Host of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike:
“I hope people will realize this is not a theoretical problem. This is an issue of immediate and pressing importance that will have a significant impact on the world our children and all future generations live in.”

Julie Foudy, Commentator, former U.S. Women’s National Soccer team captain:
“I hope viewers will be moved to play an active role in tackling this issue of increased inactivity with kids. It starts with parents setting good examples, creating fun environments and getting creative with movement. We all can play a part.”

Editor’s note: Additional credits for ESPN Town Hall: Kids and Sports include Ronnie Forchheimer (lead video producer), Joslyn Dalton (lead event operations), and Michael Huberman (Digital Media Associate, www.espndma.com providing overall project assistance).

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