Buckeyes Spend Time at LiFE Sports Camp Tuesday

Junior Taylor Sherwin with a camper
Junior Taylor Sherwin with a camper

June 26, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Members of the Ohio State women's volleyball team spent most of their day Tuesday teaching LiFE Sports campers fundamentals in passing in the Recreation & Physical Activity Center (RPAC) on the Ohio State campus.

"It was awesome working with the kids at LiFE Sports," senior Davionna DiSalvatore said. "It went very well. They were all great kids and were very eager to learn. We really enjoyed being there and being able to help out."

The team split into two groups, working with two time slots apiece. At the start of every session, the team helped each group of kids warm up with fun exercises and games. Next, they worked on proper passing form with partner drills and closed out each hour session with a game that focused on passing control.

"It was wonderful to have the student-athletes provide instruction during the LiFE Sports volleyball sessions yesterday," Dawn Anderson-Butcher, professor in the College of Social Work, said. "The campers learned how to pass, as well as played fun games. Interacting with the players was the highlight of the week for many of the campers."

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.

The camp began June 10 and concludes July 3.