Campus Spotlight: National Youth Sports Programs

Each year, more than 500 Greater Cleveland children participate in the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) at Case Western Reserve University. Offered on the Case Western Reserve campus for nearly 50 years, NYSP is open to children ages 8 to 16 years old from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The five-week summer camp promotes healthy lifestyles through sports activities, educational enrichment, nutrition and health services.

“It’s just been a joy to work with kids from Greater Cleveland,” said Dennis Harris, director of FOCUS Programs – Youth Outreach and NYSP at CWRU.

All children must participate in swimming, but other physical activates include basketball, tennis, dance aerobics, badminton, weight training and more.

Educational experiences are multi-faceted, covering traditional subjects like math, science, reading and writing and other subjects, such as nutrition, personal health, career opportunities and job responsibilities.

Children also receive free physicals and free meals.

This summer’s program will begin June 5 and continue through July 5, with children on campus from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on weekdays during that time. Aftercare also is available.