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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
News Bureau • Schofield Hall 201Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
fax: (715) 836-2900
NYSP Continues Tradition With
21st Year at UW-Eau Claire

MAILED: June 15, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE - The National Youth Sports Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been providing children ages 10-16 summer fun for 20 years and this year the award-winning program will continue this tradition.
         NYSP’s 21st year in the Chippewa Valley began on June 6 and will continue through July 13. The federally funded program provides 25 program days for over 600 area youth at no cost.
         The sports component of the program emphasizes instruction, competition, physical fitness and lifetime sports, while the education program provides information concerning drugs and alcohol, nutrition, math and science, higher education, and career choices.
         Lisa McIntyre, activity director and UW-Eau Claire’s head women’s gymnastics coach, said that there are a number of reasons why the program is so successful. She mainly credits Dr. Bill Harms, associate vice chancellor of students, and Diane Gilbertson, former activity director, who started the program 21 years ago.
         “A system is in place and has been able to cater to the very special needs of the community, especially economically disadvantaged families,” McIntyre said. “The fact that this five-week camp is free is so amazing, and it is able to provide opportunities to children who might not be able to experience some of these things if it was not for NYSP.”
         The program also provides free transportation, breakfast, lunch, physical examinations and T-shirts.
         In 1991 and 1998 UW-Eau Claire’s NYSP project was selected as the number one program in the country out of 192 programs, and each year between 1993 and 2000 the program received a “Meritorious Award.” “Keeping children active, instilling positive values and morals and promoting physical fitness and education is what NYSP is all about,” McIntyre said.
         On July 3, NYSP will be recognized and celebrated for its accomplishments. Politicians, community supporters and those who have made donations and volunteered their efforts and time will be in attendance.
         For more information regarding NYSP, contact McIntyre, NYSP activity director, at (715) 836-3377.

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Updated: June 15, 2001