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Ohio State program teaches Columbus youth social skills through sports

from The Lantern

For 40 years, the National Youth Sports Program provided kids in low-income neighborhoods across the country with safe spaces to play during the summer months through sports camps. But when federal funding was cut in 2006, Ohio State feared that losing the program would create a gap in youth development in Central Ohio, specifically with kids living near the poverty level. LiFEsports, or Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports, is a program born through a partnership between OSU’s College of Social Work, the Department of Athletics and the Recreational Sports under the Office of Student that works to teach kids social skills and healthy living habits through sports. more


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