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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
UW-Eau Claire's NYSP
Receives Meritorious Award
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MAILED: March 21, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — The National Youth Sports Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently was awarded a Meritorious Award, which recognizes the top NYSP programs in the country.
UW-Eau Claire has won the Meritorious Award seven times since 1993. In 1991 and 1998, the program earned the Silvio O. Conte Award of Excellence, which is given to the top program in the nation.
"Every year, we work towards getting an award," said Diane Gilbertson, director of University Centers and Programs and activity director for NYSP. "Since we have such a high reputation, we expect to get an award, but there are so many good programs out there that it's always a challenge."
The first NYSP program was created in 1969 as a free summer camp program that targets economically deprived families. Boys and girls, ages 10 through 16, who meet specific economic criteria are eligible to participate at no cost.
NYSP camps are funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and food costs are funded by the USDA summer food service program.
The program helps young people acquire good health practices and become better citizens. It also provides disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to learn sports skills, participate in sports competition and improve physical fitness.
"We have university and community support, and we have staff who are truly dedicated to the program," Gilbertson said.
Dr. William Harms, the project administrator for NYSP, also attributes NYSP's success to the dedicated staff, as well as to the support of the university. Harms is UW-Eau Claire's Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Services.
"We have a staff of about 40, and that's probably the main reason that NYSP is so good," Harms said.
The NYSP staff is composed of college students, community members and members of the athletic department who go through a lengthy screening process before being hired as staff members.
"Our staff, coupled with resources provided by the university, make our program a success," Harms said.
The UW-Eau Claire program will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer. This year's program will run from June 8 through July 14 on the UW-Eau Claire campus, with registration beginning Monday, April 3. Fliers will be distributed through public schools describing the program and the registration process.

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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: March 21, 2000