National Youth Sports Program

National Youth Sports Program

National Youth Sports Program                                                          

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


nysp cancelled for summer 2020

Following the COVID-19 (coronavirus) update provided by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, UToledo is taking action to reduce exposure risk for the safety of our faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors. Therefore, we will be cancelling the 2020 National Youth Sports Program. 

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Thank you for your continued support of UToledo.


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 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: 5/11/20