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Let's Move! joins the CIAA for the Tournament's 100th Anniversary Celebration

On Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama was in Charlotte, North Carolina to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The CIAA is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the U.S. and the First Lady joined area school children for a Let's Move! event on the court before the annual CIAA Basketball Tournament.

FLOTUS and a Let's Move! Pre-Game participant at the CIAA Tournament

First Lady Michelle Obama joins North Carolina school children for a “Let’s Move!” pre-game event during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Tournament and 100th Anniversary celebration at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., March 2, 2012. (Official White House Photo By Chuck Kennedy)

In her remarks to students and parents, the First Lady applauded the audience's zeal for getting active and reiterated the goals of Let's Move!

[W]e're focused on trying to get our kids healthy and active. Because we need them to be on point to be the next generation that handles all of these challenges, and we need you to be doing that with some good food in your bodies and being able to move. And there's no better way than basketball to illustrate that point.

As you all know, we are a basketball family. My husband is a crazy fanatic about basketball. And what better way to let kids have some fun than to run around out here on the court? And that’s exactly what we're going to do today.

After wishing all of the CIAA teams -- especially the ladies -- good luck during the tournament, Mrs. Obama took the opportunity to commend holistically strong and healthy kids. "These kids are not just athletic, they're doing sports, they're doing music.  But they're also getting good grades, as I understand, which is the most important thing." She urged the students to remember "while you are doing your sports, you've got to be on top of your grades."