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Ohio first lady to participate in National Youth Sports Program at UT

Ohio first lady Karen W. Kasich will visit The University of Toledo Wednesday, June 8, to participate in the 42nd annual National Youth Sports Program.

Kasich, who promotes health and wellness, will arrive in Toledo at noon to participate in the program’s activities in Savage Arena.

She will help lead warm-up exercises and observe basketball drills and games until about 1:15 p.m.

When the program started in 1968, UT was one of the first universities in the country to host it. The National Youth Sports Program provides economically disadvantaged youths ages 10 to 16 the opportunity to participate in fitness, recreation and educational programs.

Each year more than 150 youths from the Toledo area participate in the camp, which includes athletic activities, including basketball, track, soccer and softball, along with educational and health programs on math and science tutoring, nutrition, personal hygiene, career education, and alcohol, tobacco and other drug seminars. The program also teaches lifetime leisure activities such as fishing, swimming and fitness walking.

In 2003 and 2004, the UT National Youth Sports Program received the Silvio O. Conte Award of Excellence as the best program in the nation.

The 2011 camp will kick off Wednesday, June 8, and continue through Thursday, June 30. It is dedicated in honor of Ohio first lady Kasich.

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