A White House Sports Council is the latest idea from President Donald Trump. It's a program that thrived under President Obama when it was called the Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. First Lady Michelle Obama used the program to focus on improving the nutrition of children. According to a report by Jay Busbee, the Trump version of the program will focus on seeking to improve youth participation in sports.

Who will be on new Trump Sports Council?

In order to get first-hand knowledge about the sports and what it might take to get kids more interested in them, a number of athletes and coaches are getting mentioned as possible members of the Trump Sports Council.

They include New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Hall of Fame NFL running back Herschel Walker, New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, and Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor. Dr. Mehmet Oz has also reportedly been invited to take part in the council.

Getting more kids involved in sports

A report by Axios states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, will serve as the host for the first meeting of the new White House Sports Council. In addition to Azar, Ivanka Trump and Surgeon General Jerome Adams have been credited with taking part in discussions about the creation of the council. The administration stated that "Studies have shown that children who are involved in sports have greater self-discipline, higher self-esteem, and are better at working with others..."

With President Trump declaring that May 2018 is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, it makes sense that the new White House Sports Council will get a lot of publicity.

A report by KFVS News revealed statements from President Trump about the month. In his proclamation, he stated that sports build good character and teach the values of teamwork, self-discipline, and promote leadership skills as well. The way he worded it makes it sound exactly like something Bill Belichick would say in a press conference.

Belichick and Trump

President Donald Trump and coach Bill Belichick have a relationship that probably led to the appointment. As for Herschel Walker, he too has been a proponent of Trump, having also spent time on the reality competition show "Celebrity Apprentice." This makes it unsurprising that they would get the call to be part of the new White House Sports Council. No exact date has been given regarding whether all of these people are going to accept their appointments or when the first meetings will take place.