Katie, a new Sesame Street character designed to relate to military children, will be present at the USO Tour on July 13-14 at Syracuse High School.
"The USO is very excited to partner again with Sesame Workshop as we return the tour to the U.S. with a fresh new look, theme and character. Our nation's military community is our top priority, especially our youngest heroes. Elmo's new friend Katie helps military kids just like her learn how to make new friends wherever they are," said Sloan Gibson, USO President and CEO, about the show and it's newest addition.
The USO's longest running, free traveling tour based on Sesame Street is rolling onto U.S. military establishments across the country in Elmo's new tricked out bus. Special shows will be July 13, at 6 p.m. and July 14 at 3 p.m.
The show is exclusively for active duty military ID holders and their guests and is closed to the general public.
The presentation will include special giveaways and outreach materials to military children.
Since the tour's inception four years ago, more than 248,000 troops and military families have seen a version of the USO Sesame Street experience in 433 shows.
The tour emphasizes the importance of adjusting to change and the power of friendship to help military children know they are not alone as they deal with relocations.
"The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families is near and dear to the heart of Sesame Workshop, and we are thrilled to call the USO our partner in this adventure," said H. Melvin Ming, Sesame Workshop President and CEO. "Our goal is to reach as many military children and their families as we can with Elmo and Katie's messages of hope and resilience. And as we begin our sixth phase of this tour, we are proud to see the growing number of troops and their families reached by this effort."
To learn more about the tour visit uso.org/sesame.