Dr. Nita Unruh
Department of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Studies, 308.865.8626 or email@example.com
Twenty University of Nebraska at Kearney students served as group counselors at the National Youth Sports Camp (NYSP) hosted by UNK this summer.
The five-week camp serves children, ages 10 to 16, with economic need and teaches them a wide variety of activities with emphasis on physical fitness, personal and social skills, nutrition, as well as drug and alcohol education.
According to Dr. Nita Unruh, the NYSP project director at UNK, the group counselors were in charge of check in duties, getting their group to each activity and providing a good role model for the children.
“The UNK students are invaluable,” said Dr. Unruh. “They are the backbone of the program.”
According to Dr. Unruh, most of the UNK students who served as group counselors were education majors. A few counselors had returned to the camp several times, including Maria Hernandez, who attended the camp 13 years (six years as a camper, three years as a high school aide and four years as the camp’s computer specialist).
The federally funded youth camp is one of three hosted within the state of Nebraska.
The UNK students who served as group counselors for the 2004 National Youth Sports Program held at UNK are listed below, alphabetically by their hometowns:
- Dan Carlson
- Amber Tiefenthaler
- Sarah Burbach
- Deb Dorsey (graduated from UNK in May 2004)
- Justin Ganser
- Luke Estes and Maria Hernandez
- Karime Rios
- Tayler McMinamen
- Hilary French
- Rob Hartman and Jacob Mohs
- Marian Carr
- Emily Robinson
- Kim Heaton
- Ross Gardner
- Dustin Schmeits