Summer is right around the corner and plans are in place for the 2011 Summer Youth Sports Program (SYSP) at the University of New Mexico. Dates for this year's camp have been set by the College of Education's Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences (HESS). The camp, which will be held June 6 through July 1, provides a sports activity program for all children in the community ages 9-14. Last year, more than 300 children participated in the program.

Activities this year include basketball, flag football, jump rope, rugby, soccer, volleyball and cooperative games. In addition to the sports programs, the UNM SYSP is offering dance this year taught by the National Dance Institute (NDI). This year's education program will focus on science taught by Beverly Miller, an AIMS instructor. Also, the Sandia Advanced Materials Lab will be in collaboration to continue science projects from the previous year's SYSP group.

The camp is open to participants nine years old (by Aug. 31, 2011) and to those who will not turn 15 before Aug. 31, 2011. Physicals and registration will be conducted Thursday-Friday, June 2-3, from 4 to 8 p.m. in Johnson Center at UNM. Physicals are required to participate. Participants are welcome to bring a copy of a physical from your own doctor given within the last 6 months. Camp transportation will be provided by the UNM SYSP. Bus schedules will be available at registration.

For more information, including a physical form, program application and cost for the camp, visit: Summer Youth Sports Program. No applications will be accepted by mail. All applications must be brought to Johnson Center on registration / physical days.

For more information interested participants can e-mail Margie Chavez, or call (505) 277-5151.