UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE TO HOST 30TH ANNUAL NATIONAL YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM
May 14, 2004
Princess Anne, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) will once again sponsor the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) starting on June 28, 2004 and running through August 2, 2004. It will run Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 3:00 PM daily.
The program at UMES is very celebrated in many years of service. It began in 1974. In 1999 they received the Most Improved Program in the State of Maryland Award and in 2001-03 the Meritorious Award for outstanding staff leader and exceptional activities and educational component. Two years ago it received NCAA recognition for the 'Complied with All Guidelines Award. That very leadership worked hard to maintain an average daily attendance of 273 youth with a 60 % return rate. There were even 396 participants enrolled, 136 above the 250 that were projected. NYSP is open to all youth ages 10-16 in the area and the UMES camp in particular had 96% of it's' participants from economically disadvantaged families.
The NYSP camps are full service as the University of Maryland Adolescent School of Medicine staff provided medical screening services for the youth in the tri-county and lower shore areas. The participants in this wonderful program not only receive the excitement of the program and wonderful supervision, but also get an NYSP T-shirt, two (2) approved USDA meals, and transportation services. All of that at no cost! The program is held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's William P. Hytche Athletic Center, home of the Fighting & Lady Hawks. It provides youth with academic and sports skills instruction, and sports competition to improve their physical fitness. It encourages sports participation to improve physical and health habits and will also allow youth to become acquainted with career and educational opportunities.
This year the NYSP program has added a new Senior Program, which is targeted at youth age 13-16 to enhance academic and social preparedness. It teaches reading, writing, computer technology and standardized test taking in order to enhance the academic preparation and readiness of prospective college student-athletes. This year's theme for the Senior Program is "Focus on Respect," as it teaches participants the value of respect; respect for self, others, and the game.
This year registration will be held on Saturday May 15, 2004 from 9:00 am until 12:00 PM at Greenwood Middle School, Snow Hill Middle School, and Salisbury Middle School. Registration is also at UMES on June 12, 2004 in the Physician's Assistant Offices from 8:00am until 2:00pm and every Thursday in the Hytche Athletic Center Rm. 1133 between the hours of 2:00-6:00 PM. For more information on registration or for general questions please contact Beatrice A. Nelson, Project Administrator at 410-651-7763.
Click below on the appropriate registration materials to print them out. Fill them out and bring them to a registration date or mail them to:
Hytche Athletic Center
Princess Anne, MD 21853