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Michelle Obama’s high school will name $4.3M facility in her honor

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Michelle Obama’s alma mater Whitney Young Magnet High School will be naming a $4.3 million facility in her honor, marking what is believed to be the first time that a public facility in Chicago has been dedicated for the former first lady, The Chicago Sun-Times reports. 

According to the Sun-Times, the new facility, which is expected to be named after Obama in May, will serve as an athletic complex for students and also be open to residents in the neighborhood.

{mosads}The project, which is funded by tax increment financing, will reportedly feature both baseball and football fields, as well as a track. The facility will also reportedly be equipped with fencing, gates and bleachers for seating. 

“We’re really excited about this,” Whitney Young principal Joyce Kenner told the paper. “This is about the kids and benefiting our school community and the public.” 

Kenner told the paper that school officials discussed the move with Obama when she visited the Windy City in November to launch her “Becoming” book tour. 

“She didn’t say very much, but she seemed very excited that we would consider doing that. And since it’s for the community, she said she was happy to be part of it,” Kenner said.

Though Obama reportedly didn’t play sports during her time as a student at Whitney Young, she developed a reputation for her rigorous workout routine as first lady and for her Let’s Move initiative, which worked to fight obesity among children.

“She understands the importance of exercise,” Kenner said. “It’s all about keeping students fit. She embodies that spirit of athleticism.”

It has not yet been confirmed whether the former first lady will be able to attend a ribbon-cutting for the naming event in May.

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