University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Award-winning NYSP Program
Offered June 10-July 15

 MAILED:  April 25, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - Boys and girls ages 10-16 can spend five weeks having fun while learning this summer through the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 23rd annual National Youth Sports Program.

More than 400 young people have already registered for the free program, which begins June 12 and continues through July 18 (with no camp on July 3-4).

Under the theme, "The Right Start," the program's primary focus is to give children from economically disadvantaged families an opportunity to learn lifelong sport skills, enjoy competition, participate in activities they might not be able to otherwise afford and be exposed to life on a college campus.

The program components include a mandatory instructional swimming program, basketball, softball, tennis, football, soccer, track and field, ropes course, climbing wall, special events, and an educational program that includes hands-on activities relating to drugs and alcohol, health and nutrition, higher education and careers, and math/science. A special "Senior Program" offers additional opportunities and academic programs, such as canoeing, golf and field trips, for participants who are 13-16 years old.

The instructional staff includes UW-Eau Claire graduates, and approximately 35 college students will serve as activity counselors for the participants. Along with the free sports instruction and educational classes, each participant will receive free breakfast and lunch, a t-shirt and transportation to and from camp. Free physical exams are also provided.

According to UW-Eau Claire's NYSP project administrator William B. Harms, associate vice chancellor for student services, about 150 students participated in the program when it began. Both the program and participation have grown since then, helping UW-Eau Claire gain national recognition. Since 1988, the program at UW-Eau Claire has received 11 "Meritorious Awards," recognizing it as one of the top five programs among more than 200 programs nationwide. In 1991 and again in 1998, the program received the prestigious "Silvio O. Conte Award," which ranked UW-Eau Claire as the top program in the country.

Harms said there are a number of things that have helped the program gain recognition. "Without the outstanding staff the program wouldn't be where it is today, and the staff and curriculum go hand-in-hand. We have wonderful resources at UW-Eau Claire, which allow us to fulfill this community service aspect of our mission," Harms said.

The program is coordinated through the University Recreation Office and is funded through a Community Action Block Grant in partnership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides additional funding for food services.

For more information about NYSP, call University Recreation at (715) 836-3377.

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 Judy Berthiaume, Director
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: April 25, 2003