Ex-Trojans Felix, Sehorn Named To President's Council On Physical Fitness And Sports

Jan. 22, 2009

A pair of former Trojans--track sprinter Allyson Felix and football defensive back Jason Sehorn--have been appointed to The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

They were appointed on Jan. 6, 2009, by then-President George W. Bush and will serve under new President Barack Obama.

Felix is a 3-time Olympic medalist and 4-time world champion in track and field. She won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the USA's 1600-meter relay team. She also won silver medals in the 200-meter dash at both Beijing and in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Although she turned pro directly out of high school and did not compete for the Women of Troy, she graduated from USC with a degree in elementary education.

'For the White House to feel that I am a fitness authority and to have the opportunity to work with a real hero of mine, President Obama, is a tremendous privilege and one of the greatest honors placed on me in my athletic career,' said Felix. 'I'm excited to serve the council and my country from the viewpoint of a young woman. It's hard for many women and girls to maintain a proper and healthy idea of fitness and body image in our society. I'm looking forward to help change that.'

Sehorn lettered as a defensive back at USC in 1992 and 1993, leading the Trojans in interceptions and pass deflections both seasons. He then played 10 years (1994-2003) in the NFL, the first 9 with the New York Giants and 2003 with the St. Louis Rams. He played in Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 with the Giants.

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is an advisory committee of volunteer citizens who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and Human Services about physical activity, fitness, and sports in America. Through its programs and partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors, the Council serves as a catalyst to promote health, physical activity, fitness, and enjoyment for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through participation in physical activity and sports.

Joining Felix and Sehorn as appointed council members are: Dave Josserand (Chairman), Kirk M. Bauer (Vice Chairman), Steve Bornstein, Susan Lieberman Dell, Susan Finn, Diego Gutierrez, Dr. James W. Holsinger, Michelle Kwan, Bobby Labonte, Dr. Edward R. Laskowski, Eli Manning, Dr. David W. Marsh, Les Miles, Omar Minaya, Digger Phelps and Ruth Riley.

The council will meet twice a year. Their term expires on May 3, 2010.

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