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Media Memo: NYSP Funding

TO: News/Assignment Editors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, Director

DATE: July 26, 2005

SUBJECT: NYSP Funding

For the first time in its 37-year history, funding for the National Youth Sports Program is not included in the federal budget bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and proposed in the U.S. Senate. If the budget passes without the funding, NYSP will be eliminated.

Each year, more than 600 young people — mostly from low-income families — participate in UW-Eau Claire's NYSP program. More than 10,000 young people have participated in the campus program during its 25-year history.

NYSP provides sports, life skills and educational programming to children from low-income families. Despite its "sports" name, NYSP has a broad mission. Youth, ages 10-16, benefit from medical examinations and follow-up of pre-existing conditions prior to participating in the five-week summer program. NYSP ensures at least one healthy, USDA-approved meal daily, clothing, required swimming lessons, a math/science discovery program, drug and alcohol education, and a safe, nurturing and disciplined environment.

In Wisconsin, NYSP is hosted at UW-Eau Claire, Marquette University, UW-La Crosse and UW-Superior.

Thomas R. Patt, director of UW-Eau Claire's NYSP, is available to talk with the media about the program and the funding crisis. You can contact him at (715) 836-3470 or pattr@uwec.edu.

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