Although all NCAA sports have at least one National Signing Day and most have two, college football’s version is by far the most widely followed by fans and sports media, according to Wikipedia.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Signing_Day) According to The First Lady Michelle Obama, every student should be congratulated and treated the same as if they were an athlete. FLOTUS, MTV and over 50 celebrities came out to help congratulate and encourage seniors and juniors to go to college. Celebrities, athletes and families took the stage in their alma mater t-shirts to give advice and tell their stories of when they were embarking on their college adventure for the first time.
Approximately 4,000 high school kids poured into Armory Square yesterday for a very special event hosted by MTV, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s, National College Signing Day. FLOTUS started the campaign in 2014 as part of her “Reach Higher” initiative. FLOTUS sported her alma mater Princeton University T-Shirt. (I visited this college so much while living in New Jersey I wanted to attend, but moved to NYC) Her husband The President of the United States attended Columbia University.
“…,So I want you to take this in, because no matter what path any of us on this stage took to our success, we all know that completing your education past high school is the most important thing you can do to reach your dreams. That’s why we’re here.” – FLOTUS
These words FLOTUS spoke sent a warm chill of love through the air and I could tell all of the soon to be college freshmen were inspired and encouraged. FLOTUS initiated the #ReachHigher campaign to encourage students to pursue a higher education past high school. The goal of the campaign is to let them know they are the future and their future is in their hands.
She made sure to reference all the celebrities and athletes that were on the stage from the Co-host La La and Sway, to Melissa McCarthy, Carmelo Anthony, Chef Roble, Diggy Simmons, Reverend Run of Run DMC and his family, DJ Kiss, Rapper Common, and many more. The event was kicked off with 2 songs performed by Alessia Cara including the hot single “Here”. These students will remember this and the advice FLOTUS gave for a lifetime.