USD is one of more than 200 colleges and universities that provide qualified personnel, facilities and services necessary for instruction, skills training and competition in a variety of sport activities designed to improve physical fitness and health habits, and give exposure to educational and career opportunities to children between the ages of 10 and 16.
In addition, participants receive, at no cost to them, a medical screening, daily transportation and nutritious meals.�Last year USD received a $75,500 federal grant to operate its program.� Over 400 young people from Beresford, Irene, Centerville, Viborg, Wakonda, Yankton, Gayville, Volin, Alcester, North Sioux City,Vermillion, and Akron, IA participated.
According to Dr. Don Peterson, activities director of the program, "The loss of this educational opportunity, which has been at USD for 26 years, is a sad day for the many young people who participate in the program."�
He urges parents, participants and others interested in seeing Congress restore funding to NYSP in 2007 to contact Sen. Tim Johnson, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Stephanie Herseth as soon as possible to voice their opinions.