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UMES offers 2013 summer camps; NYSP not being held

  • Monday, May 20, 2013

    UMES offers 2013 summer camps; NYSP not being held

    Still plenty of summer options for area youth.

    PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - (May 20, 2013) The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics Department won't sponsor the annual National Youth Sports Program  for what would have been the 39th consecutive year; it was announced today by program director Beatrice Nelson. 

    "Due to budget constraints we are unable to have the program at UMES this summer," said Nelson.  "It is my hope this matter will be resolved and the program can continue next summer," she said. 

    NYSP is an academic and instructional sports skill program that has successfully been promoting active and healthy lifestyles to our nation's youth for 40 years. It provides low-income children, ages 8-16, a four-week summer program offering sports and academic enrichment at colleges and universities nationwide.  

    Previously, the project operated at a minimum 25 days and enrolled fewer than 250 participants.  It had a cost of $75 per child.

    "I want to thank everyone for their outstanding support over the past years and we look forward to operating the program next year," said Nelson.

    UMES will, however, offer other programs this summer.  The Art Shell Junior Golf Tournament is for children ages 6th through 12th grade and provides the participants an opportunity to explore the 76 billion dollar industry that is professional golf.  The event runs June 10th and June 11th and exposes participants and parents to informative sessions about the industry and concludes with a junior tournament on the 11th at Great Hope Golf Course in Westover, Md.  Costs are $50 per local junior golfer and $150 for non-locals which includes room and board.  Call 410-651-8637 for more information. 

    Hawk Athletics will hold the Van Norden Volleyball Camp with new UMES Head Volleyball Coach Millicent Van Norden July 15-18 on campus in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.  It is for girls ages 8-18 and helps take your game to the next level.  Commuter and overnight options are available.  Call 410-651-6538 for more information on that camp. 

    UMES is also the host of a two-week summer program for underserved middle-schoolers of the Eastern Shore looking for a career in the transportation field.  Funded by the Federal Highway Administration through the Maryland State Highway Administration, the camp creates awareness and stimulates interest in the industry.  It is a day program June 24-July 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday.  The cost is free to selected participants.  Camp includes a graphing calculator and lunch.  Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA and be in grades 7-8 for the 13-14 year.  It is open to Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset residents only.  All materials must be received by June 14.  Call 410-651-6472 for more information. 

    Finally, UMES is offering high-school age students a summer language program.  Students can learn Arabic, Chinese or Russian.  Registration is open now for the two-week intensive, commuter program.  The courses are taught by native-speaking instructors in state-of-the-art language learning classrooms at UMES.  Each language course costs $200.  Chinese is June 17-28, Russian is July 8-19 and Arabic is July 29-August 9.  Call 410-651-6543 for more information. 

    G. Stan Bradley, assistant director, Athletics,, 410-651-6499.