Olympic track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee will join the First Family on Wednesday at the White House to tout Chicago as the host of the 2016 Summer Games, White House officials said.
The three-time gold medal-winning Joyner-Kersee grew up in East St. Louis and will join Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and a host of former and current Olympians and Paralympians to talk up the Olympics in general and give a nudge to the Chicago push.
During the event, two groups of Olympic athletes will visit D.C.-area schools to talk about what makes the Olympics cool.
These school visits are part of Athlete Ambassador, a service program set up by Chicago 2016 and World Sport Chicago where Olympians' and Paralympians from across the country promote the values of the Olympic Movement by engaging youth in sport activities.
It’s still unclear if the president will attend the final vote, but his staff has been downplaying the possibility that he may attend.