Thursday, July 12, 2006
Rust hosts 28th summer youth program
By CLAUDE VINSON
This year’s youth athletic program (National Youth Sports Program-NYSP) culminated on Friday, June 30, in the McMillan Multi-Purpose Center.
This marked the 28th year in which Rust College has participated in the national activity which provides an avenue for boys and girls from ages 10 through 14 to be exposed to various athletic skills. Participants are also given instructions in other areas such as drug and alcohol abuse.
Dr. Ishmell Edwards, vice president at Rust College, was the project administrator and he was assisted by Henry Hood, program and activity director, and James Green, assistant activity director.
Edwards gave the opening welcome and informed the crowd that funding for NYSP had been drastically cut. He also stated that the program had to turn away prospective attendees because of that shortage. He urged the audience to start a grassroots effort and notify legislators just how valuable the NYSP is to young people during the summer months.
He turned the mike over to Hood and Green who recognized corporate sponsors. Most had sent representatives.
Recognized with certificates of appreciation were Bank of Holly Springs, Wal-Mart, Omega Psi Phi, City of Holly Springs, Nail Gallery, Mr. Chic’s Barber Shop, McDonald Corp. (two bikes), J.F. Brittenum and Sons, Street Family (two bikes in memory of Ruby Owens), Delta Sigma Theta and the Holly Springs Housing Authority.
They also recognized Brian White, Kyoko Payne and Sheila Richmond for volunteering valuable assistance.
There was intermittent entertainment by dance groups from all ages in the program and incentive awards were passed out in all activities, from basketball to aquatics.
An important part of the awards day program is the giving away of the new bicycles and the naming of Mr. and Miss NYSP. Receiving shiny new bikes were Drucilla Echols, Levan Duncan, Ryan Seldon, Jasmine Dean, Kiara Lowery, Earnest Ryan, Lakia Gause, Caddezra Faulkner, Isiah Glover, Darius Cunningham and Jonathan Mayfield.
Kierra Lumpkin was tapped as Miss NYSP and Gerald Jones was Mr. NYSP.
Edwards said it is not known at this time whether the program will be funded in the future.
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