National Youth Sports Program

Boy giving a thumbs up in a pool and NYSP 50th anniversary logo: Celebrating 50, 1970 to 2020, NYSP at Case Western Reserve University
Kids warming up before exercising
Kids playing soccer
Kids playing football during camp

The National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) at Case Western Reserve University provides an enriching five-week summer camp experience that combines sports activities, educational enrichment, nutrition and health services to more than 300 economically disadvantaged Greater Cleveland youth age 8 to 16 years old.

The program provides a positive learning environment for youth in the critical preteen and early adolescence years, when learning patterns are defined. The program's objectives include:

  • expanding sports-skill opportunities for youth from low-income families to improve physical fitness and promote an active lifestyle.
  • helping youth acquire good health practices.
  • acquainting students with career and educational opportunities by providing experienced personnel and quality facilities from a renowned institution.
  • providing a safe environment to play, learn and grow.

The National Youth Sports Program at Case is much more than just a summer sports camp; it is a total experience that combines fitness, fun and learning. During the five weeks of camp, youth participate in sports programs to improve their physical fitness and health habits. Participants also gain information about career choices and learn a great deal about academics on the university campus.

All youth receive free medical screenings and free meals, both of which reinforce concepts of good health for life. For many participants, this physical is the first time that they have seen a doctor that has identified serious health issues.

For more information, please contact Dennis Harris, NYSP Project Administrator at 216.368.4843 or e-mail

Quick Facts

  • 1970: NYSP is founded (NYSP celebrates 53 years on the campus of CWRU)
  • 1993: Received a Special Recognition Award from NCAA
  • 1997: Awarded Most-Improved Camp
  • 2000: Project Administrator: Dennis L. Harris won the Student Affairs Staff of the Year Award
  • Enrollment: 300 Boys and Girls ages 8-16
  • Staff: 10 to 1 ratio (students to staff)