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Youth Sports Program Applicants Sought

Free Youth Sports Program At UCR Seeks Applicants

(June 4, 2002)

Organizers at the University of California, Riverside will accept applications to a free sports and academic program through the week of July 15. The National Youth Sports Program is for children ages 10 through 16 attending economically disadvantaged schools. For applications and details about the program, call the African Student Program office at (909) 787-4576.

The program is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Fridays June 17 through July 20. Enrollment is free and open to youths who attend schools where at least half of the students receive reduced-cost or free lunches.

Applicants must undergo physical and dental screenings before admission. Free screenings are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9, at the campus health clinic in the Veitch Student Center. Parents or guardians may provide for any physical and dental screenings after those dates.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and UCR support the National Youth Sports Program.

The program combines sporting, academic and self-esteem activities. Sports such as basketball, karate, volleyball, soccer and swimming are scheduled. Self-esteem activities cover topics such as nutrition and personal health, higher education and career opportunities, and alcohol- and drug-abuse prevention.

Among the academic activities are classes in mathematics, science and interactive computer laboratories. Participants will work with college coaches and athletes, and will use top-quality sporting equipment. Community leaders and educators will teach the academic and self-esteem portions of the program.

Each participant will receive a National Youth Sports Program T-shirt, breakfast and lunch daily, accident and medical insurance coverage, and transportation to and from the program for those living in the city of Riverside, surrounding county areas and Moreno Valley.

Maps and directions to the Veitch Student Center and other locations at UCR are available from information kiosks at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, on the campus web site, or by calling the University Relations office at (909) 787-5185.

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