Athletics Department receives grant to offer youth camp this summer

Marietta College’s Athletics Department has recently received more than $50,000 in grant funding, including one that will allow it to team with a National Youth Sports Program Camp this summer.

“We are pleased to be a part of the National Youth Sports Program,” said Debora Lazorik, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. “Our partnership with the YMCA and Ely Chapman Center will ensure that all the participants receive a well-rounded and enjoyable experience.”

Marietta received a $50,000 grant to operate the camp for 200 youth, ages 10-16, for five weeks this summer — June 27 to Aug. 1. Campers will use several MC athletic facilities, the swimming pool at the YMCA, and classrooms at the Ely Chapman Center.

Children in Washington and Wood counties are eligible to attend, but low-income children will receive first priority. However, the College anticipates room for other children as well.

According to The National Youth Sports Program website, the organization provides more than 75,000 children annually the right start with their five-week program conducted at 200 colleges and universities. NYSP believes all children deserve equal opportunities at the friendships and experiences of youthful summers. NYSP uses its resources to give children of low-income families positive memories and useful skills by requiring 90 percent of participants at each site to meet U.S. poverty guidelines. With this goal in mind, college and university personnel work to identify economically disadvantaged children who could most benefit from the safe haven and educational benefits of NYSP.

The camp will run from noon to 5 p.m. daily during the five weeks. Applications can be picked up from Wendy Thieman from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MC’s Athletics Department also received a $1,836 grant for the development of a student volunteer program in collaboration with the Washington County Youth Mentoring Program. The grant was received from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and provides funds to assist Marietta students as they mentor high-risk youth from the area.