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UCR's Award-Winning Summer Youth Sports Program For Low-Income Children Now Accepting Applications

UCR's Award-Winning Summer Youth Sports Program For Low-Income Children Now Accepting Applications

(April 19, 2000)

Applications are now being accepted for an award-winning summer sports and educational program for children ages 10 to 16 at the University of California, Riverside.

The National Youth Sports Program will combine sports activities such as basketball, karate, volleyball, golf, soccer, and swimming with classes on alcohol- and drug-abuse prevention, nutrition and personal health, and higher education and career opportunities. There will also be a hands-on mathematics and science classes, including an interactive computer lab.

The program runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, from June 26 through July 29. Enrollment is free and open to youth in the local community who attend schools where at least half of the students receive reduced-cost or free lunches.

The 32-year-old program is jointly sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the federal Department of Health and Human Services and is being offered for a third summer at UCR through a $58,500 grant awarded to the African Stude nt Programs office.

In 1998, the first year the summer program was offered at UCR, the African Student Programs office received a recognition award from the NCAA and Department of Health and Human Services. This year, about 250 youth are expected to participate.

Dr. E.M. Abdulmumin, UCR project administrator of the National Youth Sports Program, said the summer activities are intended to provide a safe and structured environment for youth from low-income families where they can learn sports, meet new friends, become familiar with a college campus and further develop their academic skills.

UCR students, faculty, staff, and volunteers from the campus and the community will staff the program.

All youths participating in the program must first receive and pass a free physical examination provided through the program. The physical exams will be provided by volunteer UCR biomedical sciences program staff, affiliates and community physicians at th e UCR Student Health Center.

Each participant will also receive a free daily breakfast and lunch. Accident/medical insurance coverage will also be provided, and transportation is available for students who live in the immediate Riverside and Moreno Valley areas.

Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. To receive application materials or for more information, call the UCR African Student Programs office at (909) 787-4576.

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