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LOWELL - The University of Massachusetts Lowell's National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) recently was named a Silvio O. Conte award winner, making it one of the top 10 programs out of 203 offered nationwide. This is the second time in five years Lowell's program has taken top honors.
Athletic Director Dana Skinner credits the work of the staff for ensuring the program's success.
"The primary staff of NYSP has been in place for the 13 years the program has been in operation," says Skinner. "Lowell resident Ed Scollan, who teaches at Westford Academy, has been a driving force."
The program offers sports and academic enrichment free of charge to 300 to 400 at-risk Lowell youth every summer for five weeks.
This past year, one of the Lowell program's participants, 15-year-old Thao Chau, received one of 12 merit awards for the 2004 National T-Shirt Design Contest. Chau's design, which will be featured in the 2005 NYSP calendar, was selected as a merit winner from more than 150 entries.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. UML offers its 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, and the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education. Visit the website at www.uml.edu.