June 30, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu
Or Kim Sherlock, (661) 664-2138, or ksherlock@csub.edu

CSUB hosts National Youth Sports Program once again

California State University, Bakersfield will be the Kern County headquarters for the National Youth Sports Program for the 12th consecutive year. This program will provide no-cost sports activities and an educational enrichment program for 290 youths, ages 10-16 from families with low income. Although bussing will be provided for the Bakersfield City School District, all county school districts may participate.

The program is supported by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, CSUB and companies and agencies within the Bakersfield community. CSUB administration and qualified public school professionals will conduct the National Youth Sports Program for 25 days starting June 10 and ending July 15. The daily hours are from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

A required medical examination will be given at no cost to the participants, who will be given the choice to take part in football, volleyball, swimming, basketball, golf or tennis. Health education classes are also offered.

The National Youth Sports Program is a branch of the National Youth Sports Corp., designed to encourage economically challenged students towards making the decision to further their education after graduation from high school. This program is a nationally run program that is located on more than 200 college campuses across the United States.

CSUB announces the sponsorship of the summer food service program for participating NYSP youths. Breakfast (8-8:25 a.m.) and a hot lunch (12:50-1:15 p.m.) will be made available to all eligible enrolled children under 19 years of age without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. Children who are members of households receiving food stamps or benefits from a food distribution program on an Indian reservation, or are recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. Children from households with incomes at or below income eligibility guidelines listed below are also eligible for free meal benefits. In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability. Any persons who believe they have been discriminated against should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., 20250. Meals will be provided at CSUB, 9001 Stockdale Highway, in the cafeteria daily.

For more information, please call Dean Larimer, NYSPís Bakersfield director, or his assistant, Lewis Neal, at (661) 664-2271.