President Barack Obama Surprises Kids on a Soccer Field

08/23/2013 at 01:50 PM EDT

Obama Drops in on School Soccer Practice in Central New York
President Obama, kicking soccer ball (left) and shooting hoops
Courtesy Pete Souza; Landov
President Barack Obama is best known for his love of basketball, inviting pals and associates over to the White House for frequent pick-up games where Lakers star Kobe Bryant once called him out for talking "a lot of trash" on court.

On Friday, Obama changed his game up a bit, dropping into the soccer field of Tully Central High School, in New York State's in Onondaga County, for a surprise visit as the school's girls' and boys' teams held practices.

After his motorcade rolled up around 11 a.m., the sports enthusiast leader of the Free World decided to try out his skill in dribbling and penalty kicks, rolling up his shirt sleeves as students and coaches looked on. He later posed for photos with the students.

"I was driving by and I thought … I'd like to kick the ball around a bit," Obama joked about his drop-in.



The real purpose of his trip, however, was more than just play. The President was out to shine a light on making college more affordable for middle class families and keeping students out of too much student loan debt, Syracuse.com reported.

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