Thursday, July 14, 2005

Youth program continues success

Sports Editor

According to Dr. Ishmell Edwards, project administrator for National Youth Sports Program and vice president of Rust College, the NYSP has thrived at the campus for 25 years.

The program, geared to youth between the ages of 10 and 16 years, endeavors to stage activities in a variety of venues, not just sports. Outside the realm of such sports or athletics as football, track and field, tennis, basketball and swimming, there is also dance, alcohol/drug abuse education and math and science. Excellent performance is recognized and rewarded in all the activities. The program is supervised by a competent staff of educators and resource persons.

The entire program is run by a professional staff which is assisted by project aids. The professional staff this year was composed of Priscilla Fisher (basketball), Travis Isom and Johnny Daniels (swimming), Avery Mason (football), Brian White (track and field), Rodney Stennis (tennis) and Casshaunda Davis (dance). There was also a support and auxiliary staff. Assisting Dr. Edwards at the highest echelon were James Green (activity director), Henry Hood (liaison officer), Hortensia Dean (education specialist), James Robinson (drug and alcohol prevention specialist), Oliver P. White (math and science coordinator).

The NYSP ran from June 3 through July 1 and closed out with a “Community Day” with parents and corporate sponsors being invited.

Some of the sponsors this year were J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home, Miles Music Plus, McDonald’s restaurant, circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter, CSJ Transportation, Wal-Mart Corp., Mr. Chic’s Barber Shop, Russell’s Barber Shop, Holly Springs Housing Authority, Mayor Andre’ DeBerry and the Board of Aldermen, Superintendent Don Randolph and Marshall County School Board, Street Sisters and Bank of Holly Springs.

Dr. Edwards said the corporate sponsors “add so much to this program each year. They are always very generous and supportive. They definitely make this a community project.”

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