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NYSP Continues Summer Tradition
At UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: July 5, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The National Youth Sports Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been providing children ages 10-16 summer fun for 21 years and this year the award-winning program will continue this tradition.
NYSP's 22nd year in the Chippewa Valley began on June 13 and will continue through July 19. 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 said she mainly credits the leadership of Dr. Bill Harms, associate vice chancellor-student services, and an exceptional staff, including auxiliary, professional, counselors, swim staff, volunteers and office support.
"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 2001 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.
For more information regarding NYSP, contact McIntyre, NYSP activity director, at (715) 836-3377.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 5, 2002