Anthony Robles, highly decorated 2011 NCAA champ for Arizona State, can now add another honor to his impressive resume: a place on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Robles to the key administrative post, the White House Office of the Press Secretary announced via press release posted at the ASU wrestling website on Friday, Aug. 9.
Born without his right leg, Robles won the 125-pound title at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships by defeating defending champ Matt McDonough of the University of Iowa, 7-1, in the championship match. Robles was named Outstanding Wrestler at the event.
Since graduating from Arizona State, Robles has earned numerous other honors, including the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPN ESPY awards, and the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012.
Robles is now a motivational speaker, and also serves as an on-air analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA wrestling championships.
Formerly known as the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition was renamed by President Obama in 2010 with a new emphasis on nutrition as an element of fitness. The mission of the organization is to “promote, encourage and motivate Americans of all ages to become physically active and participate in sport.” It is part of the Office of Public Health and Science, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The council is currently made up of co-chairs Drew Brees and Dominique Dawes with councilmembers that include Dan Barber, Carl Edwards, Allyson Felix, Dr. Jayne Greenberg, Grant Hill, Billie Jean King, Michelle Kwan, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Moure, Cornell McClellan, Dr. Stephen McDonough, Chris Paul, Curtis Pride, Donna Richardson Joyner and Dr. Ian Smith.
This is the second significant honor for a former Arizona State mat champ this week. Last Saturday, Curley Culp — the Sun Devils’ first NCAA wrestling champ, at the 1967 NCAAs — was welcomed into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
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