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Pendleton Brother Plays Tennis with Obama at Easter Egg Roll

President Barack Obama and Nathaniel Pendleton played a match of doubles tennis



    Pendleton Brother Plays Tennis with Obama at Easter Egg Roll
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    US President Barack Obama attends the White House Easter Egg Roll alongside the Easter Bunny on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 1, 2013. Obama hosts the annual event, featuring live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and Easter egg rolling. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    The 135th Annual White House Easter Roll was hopping with games and stories, but at one point President Barack Obama and Nathaniel Pendleton were found playing doubles tennis.

    The 10-year-old brother of Hadiya Pendleton says he messed up a lot during the match but the president says he did a "good job," according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Nathaniel’s sister, Hadiya Pendleton, was killed in January by gunfire about a mile from the president’s home in Chicago a week after traveling to Washington to perform at the president’s inauguration.

    The boy's family, including his mother, two sisters and several nieces and nephews, were invited by Michelle Obama to take part in the annual Easter egg roll Monday.

    Others from the first family in attendance included the first lady, Obama daughters Malia and Sasha, grandmother Marian Robinson and the family dog, Bo. The event included more than 35,000 people from every state. The majority of attendees were selected by lottery, but several were also given to military families, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The event saw a slew of celebrities including Robbie Novak, the "Kid President" YouTube sensation, Jordin Sparks, Coco Jones, Austin Mahone and the Easter Bunny.

    With the theme “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” the event also featured athletes from across the country including NASCAR’s Danica Patrick, Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson and a list of Olympians and Paralympians.

    The president was even seen shooting some hoops on the basketball court during the event, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Nathaniel and his mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton were at the White House Thursday during a speech made by the president urging Congress to act on gun control.

    The two men charged in the teen's death pleaded not guilty last week to first-degree murder.