Northwestern’s athletics coaches generously provide numerous full scholarships to Evanston children so they can attend summer camps held at the University. Summer camps are conducted by coaches and student-athletes in sports including basketball, softball, wrestling, swimming, soccer, tennis and volleyball.
The typical camp can cost as much as $300 and run for up to a week. Children learn the fundamentals of the game and receive coaching on strategy and technique.
While Northwestern donates the scholarships, local nonprofit organizations Family Focus and Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc. (Y.O.U.) work with the University to distribute the scholarships. This summer, Y.O.U. granted 53 scholarships to Evanston children ranging from first to eighth graders.
“This program is really special because it introduces kids to student-athletes and college life,” says Tonya Patterson, human resources and volunteer coordinator for Y.O.U. “In fact, many of these kids have never even been on a college campus before. They see and do new things, maybe try a sport they’d never before considered.”
Upon trying field hockey, for instance, some children enjoy the experience so much that they continue to play it long after the summer ends, according to Patterson. Others use their camp experience as a springboard to another sport.
To be eligible for a summer camp scholarship, children must reside in Evanston.
To learn more about applying for a 2007 summer camp scholarship, contact Lucile Krasnow, special assistant for community relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 467-5762.