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Golfer Natalie Gulbis and Health Secretary Alex Azar head over to Jared and Ivanka’s for dinner

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump hosted a dinner at their Washington, DC home with sports luminaries one day before a White House event touting athletic participation among youth.

Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son in law and senior adviser, was seen walking into his home in the exclusive Kalorama section of the capital on Tuesday evening.

He and his wife, Ivanka Trump, were playing host to a number of members of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.

Natalie Gulbis, the professional women’s golfer, was seen arriving at the Kushners’ home.

Jared Kushner (seen above walking into his home in Washington, DC on Tuesday evening) and wife Ivanka Trump hosted a dinner at their Washington, DC home with sports luminaries one day before a White House event touting athletic participation among youth

Kushner, President Donald Trump's son in law and senior adviser, was seen walking into his home in the exclusive Kalorama section of the capital on Tuesday evening

Kushner, President Donald Trump's son in law and senior adviser, was seen walking into his home in the exclusive Kalorama section of the capital on Tuesday evening

Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son in law and senior adviser, was seen walking into his home in the exclusive Kalorama section of the capital on Tuesday evening

Natalie Gulbis, the professional women's golfer, was seen arriving at the Kushners' home

Natalie Gulbis, the professional women’s golfer, was seen arriving at the Kushners’ home

Gulbis spoke in support of Trump at the Republican Convention in Cleveland in 2016

Gulbis spoke in support of Trump at the Republican Convention in Cleveland in 2016

Gulbis, 35, is considered to be a sex symbol in the LPGA

She has been featured in magazine photo shoots

Gulbis, 35, is considered to be a sex symbol in the LPGA. She has been featured in magazine photo shoots

Gulbis spoke in support of Trump at the Republican Convention in Cleveland in 2016.

Also seen arriving at the dinner was Misty May-Treanor, the retired professional beach volleyball player and three-time Olympic gold medalist.

Holli Richmond, the executive director of the council, was seen greeting Shauna Rohbock, the former US national team bobsledder.

Not only did Rohbock win the silver medal in the Olympics, but she was also a soldier in the US Army National Guard.

The dinner was attended by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

Azar’s assistant, Admiral Brett Giroir, was also seen arriving at the home.

Jerome Adams, the surgeon general, was also seen arriving at the home. He was gracious enough to bring what appeared to be a pot of flowers.

Reed Cordish, the former professional tennis star, was also seen arriving at the Kushners’ home.

The dinner was attended by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar

The dinner was attended by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar

Jerome Adams, the surgeon general, was also seen arriving at the home. He was gracious enough to bring what appeared to be a pot of flowers

Jerome Adams, the surgeon general, was also seen arriving at the home. He was gracious enough to bring what appeared to be a pot of flowers

Reed Cordish, the former professional tennis star, was also seen arriving at the Kushners' home

Reed Cordish, the former professional tennis star, was also seen arriving at the Kushners’ home

Cordish is a close personal friend of the president’s daughter and her husband.  

The dinner was a prelude to events taking place on Wednesday at the White House.

President Donald Trump wants to reverse a trend of fewer children participating in sports and make youth sports more accessible to economically disadvantaged students.

The White House is promoting the goals of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition on Wednesday and will hold a field day with the president on the South Lawn. 

Holli Richmond (right), the executive director of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, was seen greeting Shauna Rohbock (left), the former US national team bobsledder

Holli Richmond (right), the executive director of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, was seen greeting Shauna Rohbock (left), the former US national team bobsledder

Richmond is seen above approaching the Kushners' home

Richmond is seen above approaching the Kushners’ home

Also seen arriving at the dinner was Misty May-Treanor, the retired professional beach volleyball player and three-time Olympic gold medalist

Also seen arriving at the dinner was Misty May-Treanor, the retired professional beach volleyball player and three-time Olympic gold medalist

After the dinner was over, the guests were seen leaving the Kushners' home later in the evening

After the dinner was over, the guests were seen leaving the Kushners’ home later in the evening

Rohbock and Richmond exchange a few words before departing for the evening

Rohbock and Richmond exchange a few words before departing for the evening

Trump is expected to join athletes at stations that will include flag football, baseball, volleyball, golf, soccer and track and field.

Trump issued an executive order in February refocusing the council on youth sports as opposed to President Barack Obama’s emphasis on fitness and healthy eating.

Trump, who played high school sports and is a competitive golfer, has sought to work with groups in the public and private sectors to address declining participation in youth sports.

Ivanka Trump noted that the Aspen Institute found that 37 percent of children played team sports on a regular basis in 2016, down from nearly 45 percent in 2008.

She told reporters in a conference call ahead of the event that sports participation lags disproportionately among young girls and children who live in economically distressed areas. 

Many high schools have ‘pay to play’ policies requiring students to pay a fee to join a school sports team, making it difficult for families to afford afterschool sports.

‘We must break down barriers to youth sports participation and empower each child to reach his or her full potential through sport and play,’ Ivanka Trump said. 

She said that by the time girls reach age 14, they drop out of athletics at two times the rate of boys.

Participants at the White House event will include The Incredible Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno, who befriended Trump while appearing on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’; former New York Yankees’ baseball players Johnny Damon and Mariano Rivera; former football star Herschel Walker; Treanor; and Gulbis.

The White House is promoting the goals of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition on Wednesday and will hold a field day with the president on the South Lawn

The White House is promoting the goals of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition on Wednesday and will hold a field day with the president on the South Lawn

The President’s Council was established in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower to promote youth fitness and sports. 

Each president has often placed his own stamp on the council and its priorities.

During Obama’s presidency, first lady Michelle Obama launched the sports council in 2010 in conjunction with her ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative and took part in hula-hooping and jumping rope as ways to fight childhood obesity.

Trump’s administration plans to create a national strategy to promote youth participation in sports and set the stage for a series of events that will culminate around the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Trump has bragged about his athletic abilities, telling The Wall Street Journal in a January interview: ‘I was always the best athlete. People don’t know that.’ 

The president was once the owner the USFL’s New Jersey Generals – his team was led by Walker, a Heisman Trophy-winning running back – and Trump frequently plays golf with members of Congress and world leaders.

His White House doctor said earlier this year that Trump acknowledged he’d be healthier if he lost a few pounds by exercising more and eating better. 

Dr. Ronny Jackson, who has since left that post, told reporters that he’d arrange for a dietitian to consult with the White House chef to cut calories and recommend a low-impact, aerobic exercise program for Trump with the aim of shedding 10 to 15 pounds this year.   



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