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Athletics, Math for Teenage Boys

Athletics, Math Mix at UCR For High School Boys

(May 13, 2002)

The University of California, Riverside is accepting applications until May 24 for Project APOLLO, a free, weeklong summer athletics and mathematics academy for boys ages 14 to 16 at the Student Recreation Center at UCR. APOLLO runs from 1 to 4 p.m., June 24 through 28. For application information and details, contact Mary Eggers-Simon at the ALPHA Center, (909) 787-5425.

Project APOLLO focuses on developing a well-rounded individual by balancing the roles of academics with fitness and a positive mental attitude. Participants must be willing to do a variety of hands-on geometric projects as well as cardiovascular and strength conditioning.

Maps and directions to the academy are available at information kiosks at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus Web site,

The ALPHA and the Student Recreation centers at UCR sponsor the academy. The ALPHA Center was established in 1998 to increase the historically low rate of college-qualified high school graduates from inland Southern California, and to ensure their success once enrolled. At the time, one in three inland Southern California high school students qualified for college, well below the 60 percent statewide and 65 percent national averages. ALPHA Center staff answer this need by creating programs like APOLLO, which prepare students who need help getting into or excelling in college. The center staff trains teachers to more completely master their subjects. The staff also researches how students learn and which teaching methods are most effective.

Student and teacher-based ALPHA programs have reached about 84,000 students and 6,700 teachers. Research has helped ALPHA staff develop nearly 90 programs that reach out to more than 150 school sites in Riverside, San Bernardino and eastern Los Angeles counties.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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