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Dear Mr. Obama: Help our kids play

Updated: February 3, 2009, 5:53 PM ET
By Tom Farrey | ESPN

An open letter to Barack Obama on the eve of his inauguration.

Dear Mr. President-elect:

Every 50 years or so since the rise of the U.S. as an industrial power, someone with your impending job title takes a hard look at the athletic activity of children.

He finds neglect and opportunity.

He takes action.

He leaves the nation -- and, ultimately, the sports nation -- in a better place.

Just over a century ago, it was Teddy Roosevelt. Ascending to the presidency ...

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