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UW-Eau Claire's NYSP Program
Receives National Recognition
MAILED: Feb. 6, 2003
EAU CLAIRE — The National Youth Sports Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was awarded a Meritorious Award, which recognizes the top NYSPs in the country, for the 11th time since 1988.
The National Youth Sports Corporation, which gives the award, has selected UW-Eau Claire as one of the top five schools nominated for the Silvio O. Conte Award of Excellence every year since 1998. UW-Eau Claire won the award in 1991 and 1998.
"To receive the award twice is unheard of, and to stay in the top five final group for the last four years is indicative of the excellence of UW-Eau Claire's NYSP program," said Bill Harms, project administrator for NYSP and UW-Eau Claire's associate vice chancellor for student services.
The first NYSP program was created in 1969 as a free summer camp aimed at economically deprived families. Today, there are 200 programs throughout the United States.
Boys and girls ages 10 to 16 who meet specific economic criteria are eligible to participate for free. The program provides youth with academic and sports skill instruction, said Thomas Patt, associate project administrator and director of University Recreation. It also provides sports competition to improve their physical fitness and health habits and to become acquainted with career and educational opportunities at a college campus, he said.
NYSP camps are funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the USDA summer food program covers food costs.
The NYSP staff at UW-Eau Claire consists of university faculty and staff, public school teachers and college students.
"This great program results from having an experienced, dedicated staff," Harms said. "Without their efforts, the quality of the program would not be there."
In its 23rd year, UW-Eau Claire's NYSP will again offer math/science and senior programs in addition to the sports instruction. The senior program is designed for youth ages 13-16 to enhance academic and social preparedness, Patt said.
The camp, sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and University Recreation, will run from Thursday, June 12, through Friday, July 18.
For more information, contact Lisa McIntyre, head women's gymnastics coach and activity director for NYSP, at (715) 836-3991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: February 5, 2003