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National Youth Sports Program at UT now through June 28

The University of Toledo is hosting its 44th annual National Youth Sports Program to support economically disadvantaged youth ages 10 to 16 in the Toledo area.

The free program started Monday and will continue through June 28. It takes place 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout UT’s Main Campus and several area parks. 

NYSP gives its participants more than just sports instruction. Each year the more than 150 participants also participate in fun activities that teach them math and science, alcohol and drug awareness, personal nutrition and self-esteem.

“It provides constructive use of leisure time,” said Ruthie Kucharewski, project administrator. “A lot of these kids have free time and don’t have anything to do, so this is a safe place where they’re with good role models and nurturing staff.”

Throughout the program, youth will learn about sports such as basketball, track, soccer, swimming, softball and more at UT. They also will travel to Swan Creek and Secor Metro Parks for some of their activities.

From 11:10 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, the children will attend a program at Olander Park called “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs,” where they will have the opportunity to fish in the pond.

Children also will hear from “hometown heroes” such as Assistant Provost for International Studies and Programs Dr. Sammy Spann, UTPD Officer Florence Wormely, UT Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop and UT Head Football Coach Matt Campbell throughout the program.

For a detailed daily schedule, click here.

An appreciation banquet to conclude the program will be held 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 28 in the Health Education Building’s gym.

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