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Learning in Fitness & Education through Sports (LiFE Sports) is a comprehensive youth development initiative located at the Ohio State University. LiFE Sports is built upon a historical community outreach program operating at OSU for the past 40 years, the National Youth Sport Program (NYSP). Originally developed in 1968, NYSP was designed to provide economically disadvantaged children and adolescents, ages 9-17, with sport and education instruction in a safe and nurturing environment during the summer months. In 2006, all funding was cut from the federal budget to support this program. As a result, over the past few years the College of Social Work and the OSU Department of Athletics have partnered to enhance and develop LiFE Sports into a national model of community outreach as well as a model teaching and research initiative.
Our Mission: "to enhance the quality of youth development, sport, and recreational programs through service and outreach, teaching and learning, and research, thereby increasing positive developmental outcomes for youth."
To achieve this mission, the Initiative currently focuses on three primary strategies: Service & Outreach, Teaching & Learning, and Research. Specifically, the aims of the Initiative are to:
The 2013 LiFE Sports Camp has reached capacity, we look forward to a great summer with our nearly 800 campers.
LiFE Sports Receives University Outreach and Engagement Award
Ohio State’s 2012 nominee for the regional Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award and the C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award helps ensure the safety and health of a worldwide workforce.
2012 Ohio State University Top 5
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