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Despite Funding Cuts, NYSP to Continue
at UW-Eau Claire for 26th Year

RELEASED: March 10, 2006

NYSP logoEAU CLAIRE — The award-winning National Youth Sports Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will continue to provide its five-week summer camp for the 26th year in a row after receiving partial funding for the program from the National Youth Sports Corporation.

The NYSC distributes sub-grants to selected institutions of higher education that provide qualified personnel, facilities and services necessary to the instruction, skills training and competition of NYSP.

The summer sports camp is for youth ages 10-16 from economically disadvantaged families. Despite its "sports" name, NYSP has a broad mission to provide at least two healthy, USDA-approved meals daily, a math/science discovery program, drug and alcohol education, and a safe, nurturing and disciplined environment.

The NYSP program at UW-Eau Claire, which began in 1981, has been recognized as one of the finest of the 205 programs in the nation, receiving the Silvio O. Conte Award of Excellence an unprecedented three times (1991, 1998, 2004).

Since 1988, the program has been among the top five NYSP programs in the country eight times and has won six additional Meritorious Awards.

For the first time in its 38-year history, NYSP was nearly eliminated last year because funding was not provided in the federal budget bill.

The 10-member board of the NYSC, including William Harms, UW-Eau Claire associate vice chancellor for Student Services, oversees NYSP, as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association Youth Education through Sports Program. These programs are sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the NCAA.

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