OGDEN, Utah – Each summer, Weber State University's Department of Health Promotion & Human Performance hosts a free summer sports program for local children. This year's program will run from June 7 to July 9 at WSU's Ogden campus.
Funded by a federal grant, the program meets Monday through Friday from noon to 3:40 p.m. All particpants' expenses are paid for, including daily transportation and a physical examination at the beginning of the program. The project is affiliated with the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP), which distributes the grant money.
Participants will learn skills in swimming, volleyball, basketball, softball, racquetball, soccer, floor hockey and flag football. New to the program this year will be a course on self-defense and martial arts.
Trevor Wilson, the program's director, says that the five-week program is one of the community's best-kept secrets.
"We pick the kids up from the lunch sites in Ogden City," Wilson said. "So they get a lunch, a physical examination and free instruction in a safe environment. There aren't many programs like that in the city that are so inclusive of so many kids. It's a very large program."
NYSP uses its resources to give children of low-income families positive memories and useful skills by requiring that 90 percent of participants at each site meet U.S. poverty guidelines. With this goal in mind, college and university personnel work to identify economically disadvantaged children who could most benefit from the safe haven and educational benefits of NYSP. Nationally, more than 75,000 students enroll each year. Last year, 400 participated at WSU.
Youth must be between the ages of 10-16 to participate.
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