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SU invites Syracuse families to participate in Saturday recreation program

February 07, 2012

Donna Adamo
(315) 443-5172

Families living in Syracuse are invited to attend the kickoff for Syracuse University’s Neighborhood Youth Recreation Program spring semester on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9-11:30 a.m. in Archbold Gymnasium. The free program offers recreational activities for Syracuse-area youth, ages 5 to 12, for seven sessions on Saturday mornings. Parents can register their child for the spring session anytime during the program hours in the lobby of the gymnasium.

Children can participate in a number of activities including gymnastics, basketball, indoor soccer and outdoor and experiential learning opportunities. Parents and children will also be able to enjoy together, as a family, classes in zumba fitness, yoga, soccer and salsa dance. Participants will be rotated throughout the various activities to experience each of the disciplines.

“This program is a great opportunity for the Syracuse community to take advantage of our facilities and for kids and their parents to participate together,” says Ernie Rivera, assistant director of Recreation Services. “There are many kids looking for guidance and additional fitness activities, and this program can provide the direction and structure, while also being fun.”

In addition, a tutoring program will be offered to a limited number of children.

The dates for the spring session are: Feb. 18, Feb. 25, March 3, March 24, March 31, April 7 and April 14.

The Neighborhood Youth Recreation Program began in the mid 1970s and was designed as a free program to give local, community youth, regardless of their economic situation, the opportunity to participate in safe, structured recreational activities. The program is sponsored by SU's Department of Recreation Services within the Division of Student Affairs.

For more information on the NYRP, contact Rivera at 443-3288 or

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