The White House on Thursday announced that former NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning would join a presidential delegation to the Milan Expo 2015 in Italy.
First lady Michelle Obama will lead the delegation, which will tour the USA Pavilion, which is designed to showcase American global food security and development issues. The delegation is party of Obama’s “Let's Move!” initiative to combat childhood obesity.
In a statement from the White House, Obama said: “No matter where in the world we live, we all want healthy, nutritious food for our families.”
Other members of the delegation include: John R. Phillips, U.S. ambassador to Italy and the Republic of San Marino; Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; Will Allen, an urban farmer and founder and CEO of Growing Power; Nicolas Jammet, co-CEO of Sweetgreen; and others.
Mourning is a seven-time National Basketball Association All-Star and also a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. He is a founder of the Miami-based Mourning Family Foundation.
His NBA career took him to the Miami Heat, as well as the Charlotte Hornets and New Jersey Nets.