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Free Sports, Academic Program Coming

UC Riverside Offers Free Sports, Academics Program for Disadvantaged Youth

Applications Accepted Through Saturday for Participants Ages 10 to 16

(June 2, 2003)

National Youth Sports Program Logo

National Youth Sports Program Logo

RIVERSIDE, Calif. —— Applications are being accepted through June 7 for a five-week free summer sports and academics camp for disadvantaged youngsters ages 10 to 16, offered at the University of California. The National Youth Sports Program is scheduled from June 16 to July 19. For applications or other information about the program, call UC Riverside African Student Programs at (909) 787-4576, email Dr. E.M. Abdulmumin at, or go to the UC Riverside National Youth Sports Program Web site.

All applicants are eligible for a free mandatory medical and dental examination scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 7 and 8 at the UC Riverside Campus Health Center. After June 8, parents or guardians are required to provide the results of a physical screening.

The Sports Program is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays through Fridays June 16 through July 19. Enrollment is free and open to boys and girls who attend schools where at least half of the students receive reduced-cost or free lunches.

Sponsors include the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and UC Riverside.

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

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