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Tradition continues: National Youth Sports Program brings kids to campus

Fun and learning — that’s what the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) is all about.

A total of 140 income-eligible children came to campus last month for the free three-week program that provides recreational and educational opportunities.

Braylin Elam, a student at St. Francis di Sales High School, jumped in the pool at the Student Recreation Center.

Along with sports programs, the students learned about nutrition, enhancing their self-image, the value of communication, healthy behaviors, and how to resist peer pressure.

Starting in 1968, UT was one of the first universities in the country to offer the federally funded program sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

After federal funding for the program was cut, the University has continued to operate the camp through fundraising, in-kind donations, and commitment from the University to provide some support and facilities.

“We are very fortunate that The University of Toledo continues to support the NYSP as it aligns with the University’s mission, and UT is able to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children to have fun while learning at the same time,” said Dr. Ruthie Kucharewski, professor and chair in the School of Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, and NYSP administrator.

Children watched others play volleyball and waited for their turn on the court in the Health Education Building Gym.

“Our program provides structure, offers age-appropriate activities, and it promotes a healthy lifestyle and a constructive use of leisure time. We also encourage the children to study hard in school, associate with positive people, find good adult role models, and to make good choices.”

To give a gift to the National Youth Sports Program Fund, contact the UT Foundation at 419.530.7730 or go to give2ut.utoledo.edu and search for NYSP.