Eight MLS players and one coach helped thousands of children play some soccer as part of the 134th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll and its “Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move” theme.
They were there along with nearly 35,000 other guests, adding a bevy of activities and entertainment to one of Washington’s most beloved traditions, hosted on the South Lawn of the White House
by President Barack Obama and the First Family.
"Any time there’s something that’s emailed to you with ‘White House’ in the title, it’ll give you a double-take,” said Philadelphia Union defender Danny Califf. “To be able to do this – and take my family along – is probably one of the coolest experiences that I’ve had. I’m honored.”
Califf and Philly teammates Brian Carroll and Zac MacMath were the first MLS representatives on the South Lawn, followed by Kenny Cooper and Stephen Keel of the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United’s Stephen King, Robbie Russell, Chris Pontius and Cach Ben Olsen.
“How many times do you get to say you went to the White House and play with kids out on the lawn?” said Pontius, who leaped at a second chance to take part in the Easter Egg Roll after enjoying his participation in last year’s edition. “We’re basically just getting them moving, keeping them occupied. We’re just trying to make it fun for the kids.”