The good news keeps on coming for Case Western Reserve University’s chapter of the National Youth Sports Program.
Organizers recently learned they were the recipients of a $75,000 grant from the Cavaliers Youth Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation. It’s among one of the largest grants the university’s NYSP chapter has received for a single year.
The money will go toward expenses for this year’s summer program, where nearly 500 youths between the ages of 10 and 16 are on campus receiving educational, athletic, medical and nutritional offerings.
The grant announcement comes on the heels of NYSP’s 40th anniversary open house celebration, where U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge announced she has requested that federal funding be restored to NYSP chapters nationwide.
Since 2006, federal budget cuts have affected NYSP chapters. Case Western Reserve’s program has been able to continue thanks to support from the university, sponsors and donations.
The Cavaliers Youth Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, supports programs designed to positively impact young people in the areas of education, recreation and employment and life skills, with a particular emphasis on programs aimed towards at-risk youth.
“The NYSP program was a perfect fit. It’s a program at our core, which is sports, with the added component of education. It reaches a lot of young people,” said Colleen Garrity, community relations director for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The grant application was submitted by the university’s Foundation Relations staff in the spring. They were expecting the grant to be in the amount of $50,000 if awarded.
Case Western Reserve’s NYSP chapter was featured in a pre-game vignette that was part of a Cleveland Cavs game last December. There also was an NYSP night at a Cavs game in February, where more than 20 children attended.
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