Talking Sports and Fitness with John F Kennedy

8 10 2012

When it came to encouraging physical fitness, few did more to get Americans off the couch than John F. Kennedy. Now, as the nation staggers under an epidemic of obesity four decades after his assassination, the president’s call to active lifestyles has been renewed

Listen to John F. Kennedy as he discusses the similarities of politics and sports.

via ESPN

JFK’s Sports Highlights

At Harvard – JFK was a receiver on Coach Henry Lamar’s Freshman football squad. In his 1937 post-season report, the coach wrote: “The most adept pass catcher was John Kennedy, but his lack of weight was a drawback,”

His best sport was swimming. At the November time-trials his backstroke earned him a place on what was the greatest Freshman team in Harvard history

With his brother Joe, he won the intercollegiate sailing title

JFK once challenged the US Marines to walk 50 miles in 20 hours

Kennedy was the most accomplished of presidential golfers. He played regularly at the Hyannis Golf Club and Palm Beach Golf Club with his father, brothers and friends, and as a senator and president he favored the Burning Tree Club and Chevy Chase Clubs in Maryland

Throwing out the first pitch

JFK at the 1962 All Star Game in Washington

Talking baseball with the greats (from left, Ted Williams, Eddie Pellagrini)and Hank Greenberg in this photo dated April, 1946.

John F. Kennedy, Ted Williams, Eddie Pellagrini, Hank Greenberg

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Politics as Usual

Kennedy sailed.

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Obama hoops.

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We’re taking out the bowling alley in the White House and we’re putting in a basketball court

Sports are more than just games, they are vehicles that help integrate people of varying backgrounds, races, and income-classes. Playgrounds, as much as classrooms, are birth places for skills like leadership, teamwork, and networking.

The most evident example of how a sport has helped to successfully build one’s character, and personal and business relationships, is to look at the importance of basketball to the character and career of President Obama.

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