National Youth Sports Program

National Youth Sports Program

National Youth Sports Program                                                          

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


click here to print application:  2018 NYSP Application


NYSP starts June 4th and ends June 22nd.


NYSP is offering free physicals for campers on May 9th and May 23rd. 

Please see application for more information.

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 in 2003, the University of Toledo has continued to operate an NYSP camp for local youth each summer, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale.  

Annually, NYSP has been providing approximately 150 at-risk Toledo youth with enrichment and sports programs that have not only benefited the participants but also the entire community. Due to the lack of federal support has forced us to drop the number of youth we serve down to about 150 from 550.  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.

Dr. Ruthie Kucharewski, Project Administrator for the UT program, and Coach Dennis Harris, Project Administrator for Case Western Reserve University, continue to work hard to advocate for NYSP with Ohio and Federal legislators to restore funding in the future.  They continue to work with Congresswomen Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur to re-introduce a bill in the House of Representatives (HR 4480) to reinstate funding for NYSP.

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 was the second year in a row that the UT NYSP had won this award which was a first for any program in the country. 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, recreation therapy students and other community and university leaders. The University of Toledo boasts an excellent participant-staff ratio of 7 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.

Please contact the NYSP staff with any questions at 419-530-2888.





Last Updated: 4/30/18