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Tip Sheet for week of June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012

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Members of the media are welcome to cover appearances by three former Negro Leagues baseball players on Wednesday, June 13, as they meet with participants in several UW-Eau Claire programs. The appearances by Carl Long, Ray "Boo Boy" Knox and Heron "Cuba Lee" O'Neal will be in conjunction with the traveling exhibit "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience," on display through July 2 in McIntyre Library. The former players will share their experiences as African-American athletes in a time of racial segregation in the United States.

  • Youths in the senior program of UW-Eau Claire's Wisconsin Youth Success Program will meet with the former players from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of McIntyre Library. The WYSP participants, ages 13-16, will have the opportunity to ask questions of the former players as well as hear their stories.
  • The former players also will meet with 45 K-12 teachers participating in UW-Eau Claire's U.S. Department of Education-sponsored Teaching American History's "Constructing Liberty" project. The UW-Eau Claire history department, along with the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire and Cooperative Educational Services Agency 10 in Chippewa Falls, are partners in the statewide teaching and learning history program. Long, Knox and O'Neal will meet with the teachers, from school districts around the state, from 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Chippewa Valley Museum.
  • Long, Knox and O'Neal, along with Gary Crawford, the chief operating officer of NegroLeagueLegends.org, will share their stories at a moderated panel presentation at 7 p.m. June 13 in the second-floor breezeway of McIntyre Library. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the former Negro Leagues players' appearances, contact Kati Tvaruzka, head of access services and education librarian in UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library, at 715-836-4522 or tvaruzke@uwec.edu.

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More than 400 youths ages 10-16 will arrive on UW-Eau Claire's upper campus Tuesday, June 12, for the first day of the 2012 Wisconsin Youth Success Program. The free summer day camp, which will run through July 13 (with no camp July 4-6), is in its 32nd year at UW-Eau Claire. WYSP provides Chippewa Valley youths with opportunities to develop leadership, academic and athletic skills. In addition to traditional sports activities, participants receive specialized education on topics such as drugs and alcohol, nutrition and pursuing higher education. Participants who reside in the Eau Claire and Altoona school districts receive free transportation to camp, and all participants receive two federally subsidized meals on site daily. In addition, each camper may receive a free medical examination and dental cleaning and screening. For more information about the Wisconsin Youth Success Program, visit http://www.uwec.edu/Recreation/wysp or call University Recreation and Sports Facilities at 715-836-3377 or 715-836-3378.

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