Summer Sports Program for City Youths Concludes Its 7th Year with Family Barbeque

Yale University’s free annual summer sports camp for 350 city young people, a component of the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP), will host a year-end barbecue for campers and their families on Friday, July 26, with activities starting at 10:15 a.m., at the Yale athletic complex on Central Avenue.

The program, aimed at children ages 10-16 and held on campus, received the Silvio O. Conte Award of Excellence in recognition of exceptional NYSP project performance at ceremonies held in Washington D.C. in January 2002.

The National Youth Sports Corporation (NYSC) has been administering the program since 1968. NYSP fosters the belief that all children deserve opportunities for friendships and fun during the summer. It provides children of low-income families with positive memories and useful skills. Ninety percent of participants at each site meet U.S. poverty guidelines. College and university personnel work to identify economically disadvantaged children who could most benefit from the safe haven and educational activities of NYSP.

The program also teaches its students the value of an active lifestyle. NYSP has established partnerships with national governing bodies of various sports. Organizations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) assist the program by offering innovative and age-appropriate teaching methods in sport-specific areas.

Media who wish to cover the event should contact Thomas R. Violante at 432-1319 by Thursday at noon. For more information about NYSP, contact Queen Edwards, NYSP director, at 432-7413.

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