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National youth sports program took in over 300 students

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –The National Youth Sports Program has been around for a long time. It's funny how two totally different people can  almost share  the same exact experienced.

Shuntavious Ransom, 9th grader, has attended NYSP for five years and wants to get the secret out.  "I would tell them it's a lot of girls here" said Ransom.

Head Basketball Coach Chris Cameron at Albany State has come full circle through the program. He went from a student to a teacher.

"Yeah I grew up in NYSP" said Cameron.

Even though Ransom and Cameron are years apart , they both benefited from the program. Cameron said, "The best thing about it was getting the free lunch and breakfast you can't beat that coming up." 

Ransom said, "The best thing is really knowing your coming to have fun, play basketball and swim."

Now it's not all fun and games. NYSP has something for the mind as well. The kids go through math, science, reading and Language arts classes.

Coach Skinner, head of NYSP in Albany, said "It gives them a leg up on those kids out on the street not doing any thing. This is something constructive, organized and good for the community."

Good for the city is right. One of the main goals is to let kids get a taste of college life. "You know just being exposed to that stuff. Can make you say to yourself, "Maybe, I can see myself doing that one day" said Cameron. 

Taking one day at a time keeping the kids active. "If they're at home and they don't have any one to look after them then a lot of times they find themselves doing things that put them in bad situations" said Cameron.

Situations that are often avoided when kids stay busy.

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