College of Health Sciences

National Youth Sports Program


Please call 419-530-2888 with any questions regarding the NYSP Program!

2015 NYSP Application Now available

In1968, the University of Toledo became one of the first universities in the country to offer the National Youth Sports Program. The National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) was a national program federally funded and sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), up until 2005. NYSP provided economically disadvantaged youth, ages 9 to 16, the opportunity to receive daily sports instruction and educational programs.

Despite the loss of federal funding over the past several years, the University of Toledo has continued to operate an NYSP camp for local youth each summer, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale.  2014 marked the 45th Anniversary of the NYSP and showcased the university's dedication to its community's young people.  It was a successful summer camp and we are gearing up for 2015.

Annually, we have been providing approximately 550 at-risk Toledo youth with enrichment and sports programs that have not only benefited the participants but also the entire community. The lack of federal support has forced us to drop the number of youth we serve down to about 250; despite this and other obstacles, we have continued to make a remarkable difference in the lives of our Toledo youth by providing them with a positive, nurturing and safe social and learning environment necessary for a successful future.

The University of Toledo is one of only 31 other schools in the country still holding NYSP programs despite cuts in federal funding.  Dr. Ruthie Kucharewski, Project Administrator for the UT program, and Coach Dennis Harris, Project Administrator for Case Western Reserve University, have worked hard to advocate Ohio and Federal legislators to continue funding for 2013.  They successfully had Congresswomen Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur introduce a bill in the House of Representatives (HR 4480) to reinstate funding for NYSP starting in 2012. 

The success of our youth depends on us; a successful future depends on our youth. In 2004, the University of Toledo's National Youth Sports Program received the Silvio O. Conte Award of Excellence recognizing UT's NYSP as the best program in the Nation for 2004. This is the second year in a row that the UT NYSP has won this award which is a first for the program. The UT NYSP serves as a model program for other universities across the United States. This has not been an easy task. Those who have taken active roles in the program have been sensitive to the needs of our participants. Our staff consists of parents, principals, teachers, social workers, college students, UT student athletes, and other community and university leaders. The University of Toledo boasts an excellent participant-staff ratio of 10 to 1. With the ongoing support of our community, the University of Toledo's National Youth Sports Program will continue to be the benchmark for the best.


NYSP 2015

Applications will be available in March 2015. Please contact the NYSP staff with any questions.

The NYSP Staff




Last Updated: 6/26/15