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President Bush takes a picture with Girl Scouts Katherine, Amina, Natasha, Kristine, Heather, Angela and Mika'elle.Six Girl Scouts from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital performed a color guard ceremony at the White House's "Tee Ball on the South Lawn" game on July 30, 2007.
President Bush began the White House Tee Ball Initiative in 2001 to encourage teamwork, community service and an interest in baseball among the youth of America. This year's game included two teams from the "Challenger" division—the Thurmont Little League Civitan Club of Frederick Challengers of Thurmont, Md., and the Dolcom Little League Indians of Shady Spring, W.Va. The Challenger division provides children with mental and physical handicaps the opportunity to experience teamwork and camaraderie of team sports, while building strong ties between the players and their "buddies" who assist them during the game when they are needed.
President Bush expressed his gratitude to the Girl Scouts during his opening remarks on the South Lawn. During the game, the girls were seated near First Lady Laura Bush. After the game, they met President Bush, went on a guided tour of the White House, and enjoyed a picnic with the participants and attendees of the game.