The University of Toledo is canceling this year’s National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) due to the pandemic.
It would have been the 51st year for the free three-week camp that provides recreational and educational opportunities for local income-eligible children.
“Following the COVID-19 update provided by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, UToledo is taking action to reduce exposure risk for the safety of our faculty, staff, students and campus visitors. Therefore, we are canceling the 2020 National Youth Sports Program,” said Dr. Ruthie Kucharewski, professor in the School of Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, and NYSP administrator.
This is the first time the summer tradition for kids has been canceled, according to Kucharewski.
“Thank you for your continued support of UToledo. We hope to see you at next year’s camp,” she said.
Starting in 1968, UToledo was one of the first universities in the country to offer the federally funded program sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
After federal funding for the program was cut, the University has continued to operate the camp through fundraising, in-kind donations, and commitment from the University to provide some support and facilities.