Ohio State LiFE Sports About Us - Our History
From 1969 through 2006, the National Youth Sports Program served over two million youth around the country at over 200 colleges/universities. In 2005 alone, nearly 73,000 children and adolescents were enrolled in the program at 202 locations. Camp sites could be found in 46 states and the District of Columbia.
NYSP was designed to provide economically disadvantaged children and adolescents (ages 10-16) with sport and education instruction in a safe and nurturing environment. Program structure:
The program objectives of NYSP were to:
In fiscal year 2006, all funding was cut from the federal budget to support this program, as Congress did not provide an appropriation for NYSP. In 2006 and 2007 residual funds were used to support a limited number of programs (in 2006 camp participation was cut to 20,676 youth at 74 institutions). After 2007, existing programs were responsible for securing funding for the camp. As a result, only about thirty institutions provided the program to youth in 2008.
Following the funding cuts in 2007, the Ohio State University's (OSU) National Youth Sport Program (NYSP) has undergone a number of critical changes that will ultimately enhance the outcomes for Columbus youth. Specifically, the OSU Department of Athletics has developed a formal partnership with the OSU College of Social Work. When the Department of Athletics decided to provide funding for NYSP, one of the goals was to make NYSP a university-wide program. The strong partnership that has developed between the Department of Athletics and the OSU College of Social Work (CSW) has helped to achieve this end. Leaders from the Department of Athletics and CSW have worked to develop a new name, mission and vision for OSU's NYSP. OSU's NYSP is now called Learning in Fitness & Education (LiFE) Sports.