I believe the best part of my experience was not when I met President Clinton, nor Kobe Bryant (although both were the highlights of my life thus far), but when I had the chance to do what I love most, to share my story with 500 adults and teens on the importance of being physically active.
It was an honor for me to attend this conference, let alone speak at it and introduce President Clinton, and I think I really had an impact because of it. I was able to inspire teens to start or continue their interest in sports, and to help my cause in order to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity.
This conference has also impacted me in more ways than I know. At the event I met many adults who share my passion for health and wellness, and learned many new things. I have also realized that I am very interested in the policies that affect health and many other issues, and I want to be at the forefront of where these laws are made.
I am very thankful for this opportunity that I will treasure forever.
Read more about Guido's story and tune in on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN 2 for ESPN Town Hall: Kids and Sports which features discussions on the importance of making sport accessible to all youth in the United States. The special was taped at the 2014 Health Matters conference a features a conversation with President Clinton and Kobe Bryant as well as a panel of elite athletes, including Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix, Olympian and former NFL star Herschel Walker. The ESPN Town Hall also highlights Project Play – a joint project of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Nike, and the Aspen Institute that aims to make participation in sport universally accessible to all youth. Follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the hashtags #KidsAndSports #ProjectPlay and #HealthMatters2014.