This year, the LiFE Sports program--a collaboration of Ohio State’s Department of Athletics, Department of Recreational Sports, and College of Social Work--is being promoted as part of Ohio State's spring football game.
The LiFE Sports Initiative recognizes that youth sport is about a whole lot more than playing ball—it’s about giving youth skills they can use both on and off the field. That’s why LiFE Sports uses sports, fitness, and recreation to teach youth valuable life skills and expose them to college life.
Formerly known as NYSP, LiFE Sports is built upon this historical outreach program, operated at Ohio State for more than 40 years. When all federal funding was cut in 2006, Ohio State’s Department of Athletics, Department of Recreational Sports, and College of Social Work continued impacting youth through the development of LiFE Sports, a national model for community outreach, teaching, and research.
LiFE Sports provides an annual summer camp for over 600 at-risk Columbus youth; partners with youth organizations, such as The Boys and Girls Club of Columbus; provides hands-on internships for social work, education, and sport/recreation majors; and gives faculty, staff, and students opportunities in applied research experiences and studies.
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