WSU to Host Youth Sports ProgramUpdate April 2006: NYSP Program Discontinued
OGDEN, Utah – Economically disadvantaged youth from the Ogden area will have an opportunity to engage in physical fitness activities and learn life skills at the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP), June 9-July 11, at Weber State University.
The program offers youth between the ages of 10 and 16 a chance to discover new skills and interests through games, activities and educational instruction. Activities will be held weekdays from 12:15-3:40 p.m. on the WSU campus and will include swimming, basketball, volleyball, football, soccer, aerobics and floor hockey.
“The aim of our program is to provide kids with a non-threatening environment where they can grow and learn while having fun,” said Trevor Wilson, project administrator for WSU’s NYSP. Wilson has been involved with the program since WSU first offered it in 1998.
“We’ve had many parents tell us it was the greatest summer program their kids have ever been involved with.”
Participants will receive a free USDA-approved meal, a free t-shirt, free transportation to and from WSU, a free medical examination, free accident-medical-insurance, and the opportunity to interact with Weber State students and staff.
All youth interested in enrolling in NYSP must attend a registration/medical examination session on May 31 or June 7 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Swenson Gymnasium on WSU's campus. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Wilson at 626-6471.
NYSP is a NCAA-sponsored outreach program started in 1968. Last year more than 75,000 students nationally participated in NYSP camps on 200 university and college campuses. NYSP uses its resources to give children of low-income families positive memories and useful skills by requiring 90 percent of participants at each site to meet U.S. poverty guidelines. In the past six years, WSU has hosted more than 4,000 Ogden youth through the program. The program is sponsored locally by WSU’s Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance and the Wildcat Athletic Department.