Jill Biden shrugged off a hit in her foot during a youth soccer clinic on the South Lawn on Monday while President Joe Biden made a surprise pop-in ap
The first lady was watching from the sidelines as kids played a pick-up game when the ball bounced off her foot and right back into the action. She shrugged, laughed and didn’t appear to be injured.
The clinic is ‘part of her continued efforts to highlight how sports unites us, and supports and empowers young people,’ per the East Wing.
Jill Biden took a hit to her foot during a soccer clinic on the South Lawn
The event also comes as the White House is preparing for the Women’s World Cup, which begins this week in Australia and New Zealand. Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff will lead the US delegation but Jill Biden told the eager soccer fans she’d be cheering from home.
‘When we work as one to score that point, or cheer on our team, sports unite us across backgrounds and borders. There are no strangers in the stands or on the field,’ Biden said.
A few hundred pre-teen kids were attending the clinic, engaging in drills and pick-up games.
It was a warm DC night but there was plenty of water, lemonade and goldfish snacks to keep the kids feed and hydrated.
Soccer stars Christian Benteke, Lucho Acosta, Kei Kamara, Jordan Morris, Hany Mukhtar, Walker Zimmerman, Ryan Hollingshead, and Tim Parker were there to help with skills and answer the kids’ questions.
President Joe Biden made a surprise appearance to talk to the soccer players
The first lady appeared fine after the ball hit her foot
Jill Biden shrugged and laughed off the injury
After making remarks, the first lady walked around the South Lawn to speak to the young players and watch them in action.
While she was out mingling, President Biden walked out of the White House, much to the delight of the kids, many of whom screamed ‘Joe Biden.’
The president spent about 20 minutes taking selfies and chatting with the adult soccer stars and the young players.
He and Jill Biden posed for a group photo with all the clinic participants before heading back inside for the evening.