KU SAAC to Host Camp for Underprivileged Youths

Sept. 30, 2004

LAWRENCE, Kan. – On Saturday October 2nd, KU student-athletes in conjunction with several area law enforcement agencies and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization will host a half-day sports and educational camp for underprivileged youths at the Anschutz practice facility.

From 9 a.m.-2.p.m. the KU SAAC will host approximately 100-120 youths, ages 3rd-8th grade. Also attending the camp will be 50 KU athletes and over 30 law enforcement officers. The attending youngsters will have the unique opportunity to have fun practicing sports skills with the Jayhawks and learn valuable information ranging from personal safety to nutrition with officers from KUPD, Lawrence PD, KBI, Douglas County Sherrifs department, DEA and the Kansas Highway patrol.

This year’s event will feature five sports stations and five educational sessions. All the kids participating will rotate through all 10 stations. The sports stations will include a basketball station (hosted by Women’s and Men’s players), a soccer station, a rowing station, a football station, and a track & field station. Student-athletes from nearly all of the sport programs will be interacting in some capacity with the young guests from Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Educational sessions will be, nutrition & fitness, internet safety, personal safety, drug abuse prevention, and computer piracy prevention.

All participants will have a box lunch provided, and will receive a free t-shirt and other items such as a team poster. Another highlight of the event will be and address to the kids from Kansas Attorney General, Phil Kline.