Marquette's NYSP To Receive Substantial Donation

July 9, 2001

MILWAUKEE - The Philip Morris Company has pledged $15,000 to help support Marquette's National Youth Sports Program. The donation will take place on Wednesday, July 18 at 1 p.m. in the Helfaer Rec Center on the campus of Marquette University.

A press conference regarding the donation will take place at this time as well. Dianne Markut of Philip Morris Management Corporation and Matt McKinnon, Assistant Director of Recreational Sports for Marquette University, will be addressing the media in regard to the support that Philip Morris is offering the program.

In its eighth year on the Marquette campus, the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) provides disadvantaged youth the opportunity to receive benefits from structured sports and enrichment programs. Boys and girls from ages 10-16 can participate in the program at no cost, which provides them the opportunity to learn through different activities in a group setting. At least 90 percent of program participants must meet economic criteria established by the U.S. Deparment of Health and Human Services.

Participants receive education in math and sciences, drug prevention, and are involved in other enrichment sessions. The aforementioned topics are introduced to the program's members using a combination of athletic activities, such as football, basketball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, bowling and other participant sports.

Nationally, NYSP started 33 years ago with the goal to provide disadvantaged youth the opportunity to grow through classroom learning, sports-fundamental training and life know how. Marquette is one of 192 institutions across the country which participate in the program that mentors approximately 74,000 youth each summer.

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