National Youth Sports Program

UToledo National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) plans for summer 2021

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Applications are still being accepted! Please call 419.530.2888 for more information!

The National Youth Sports Program on the campus of The University of Toledo will operate from Wednesday June 2, 2021 through Tuesday June 22, 2021:

  • The Morning Session will be Group 1: 9-year-olds AND Group 2: 10-year-olds. They will be on campus 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Wednesday, June 2, 2021 and concluding Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
  • The Afternoon Session will be Group 3: 11-year-olds AND Group 4: 12-year-olds. They will be on campus 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Wednesday, June 2, 2021 and concluding Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

This year, due to COVID-19, restrictions we will be offering an abbreviated program and will only be accepting the first 32 children for the program. Additional students will be added to a waitlist. In addition, your child's temperature will be taken daily upon arrival for the safety of other children and staff. If your child has a temperature that the nurse determines significant, they will be required to go home for the day.

Campers are to be dropped off at the Health Education Building across from the football stadium on The University of Toledo campus. Campers are welcome to ride bikes (campers should wear helmets and lock bikes at bike racks), walk or be dropped off by family members. Those who drop off/pick up on campus, NYSP will not be held responsible for any parking tickets. Please follow posted parking rules on campus. Groups 1 and 2 must be dropped off at 9 a.m. and picked up at 12 p.m. Groups 3 and 4 must be dropped off at 12 p.m. and picked up at 3 p.m.

Please call 419.530.2888 with any questions regarding the NYSP Program.

Download and complete all five forms

Please download and complete all forms below (1-5) PRIOR to beginning the online application. All forms will need to be completed in full, saved and submitted through the application link to register your child for the program. 

  1. Medical Information Form is to be completed in full by a parent or guardian. The program nurse will be reaching out to confirm medical information as needed. 

  2. NYSP General Photo Release Waiver: This form allows NYSP staff to take pictures of your child for NYSP program use. You may deny or accept. If you choose not to fill out the form, we will not photograph your child. 

  3. UToledo Office of Recreational Services General Liability Waiver: This form is required to allow the participant to use the facilities at the UT Recreation Center during camp activities.

  4. Vision Exam Permission Form: Administered by Kristin Moncrief, ABO Certified Licensed Optician, Twix N Between, LLC during camp hours in June to participants 9-12-years old. By completing the permission form your child will be fitted and receive free prescription sports goggles with valid prescription as appropriate. 
  5. NYSP Participant Rules and RegulationParent/guardian and child signature is required.

Upload all Five Forms

Upload all five forms via the online application below. Once the completed application has been reviewed by the NYSP office, you will be notified of your child’s acceptance by phone.  In addition, if you have any questions regarding the 2021 NYSP Program please contact the NYSP office at 419.530.2888.

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History of NYSP

In 1968, 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. The lack of federal support has forced us to drop the number of youth we serve down to about 150 from 550.  This year, in the summer of 2021, due to COVID-19 restrictions we will be offering an abbreviated program with a maximum of 32 children. 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 UToledo 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 UToledo's NYSP as the best program in the Nation for 2004. This was the second year in a row that the UToledo NYSP had won this award which was a first for any program in the country. The UToledo 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, UToledo 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: 6/8/21