PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics
Department won’t sponsor the annual National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) for what would have been the 39th consecutive year; it was announced today by program director Beatrice Nelson.
“Due to budget constraints we are unable to have the program at UMES this summer,” said Nelson. “It is my hope this matter will be resolved and the program can continue next summer,” she said.
NYSP is an academic and instructional sports skill program that has successfully been promoting active and healthy lifestyles to our nation’s youth for 40 years. It provides low income children, ages 8-16, a four-week summer program offering sports and academic enrichment at colleges and universities nationwide.
Previously, the project operated at a minimum 25 days and enrolled fewer than 250 participants. It had a cost of $75 per child. “I want to thank everyone for their outstanding support over the past years and we look forward to operating the program next year,” said Nelson.
UMES will, however, offer other programs this summer. The Art Shell Junior Golf
Tournament is for children in 6th through 12th grades and provides the participants an opportunity to explore the $76 billion industry that is professional golf.
The event runs June 10-11 and exposes participants and parents to informative sessions about the industry and concludes with a junior tournament on the 11th at Great Hope Golf Course in Westover, Md. Costs are $50 per local junior golfer and $150 for non-locals which includes room and board. Call 410-651-8637 for more information.
Hawk Athletics will also be offering the Van Norden Volleyball Camp with new UMES Head Volleyball Coach Millicent Van Norden July 15-18 on campus in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. It is for girls ages 8-18 and helps take your game to the next level. Commuter and overnight options are available. Call 410- 651-6538 for more information on that camp.