Sports Festival Season Begins

May 19, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Free sports clinics for children, sponsored by the University of Wyoming, are back on the road again.

The UW Sports Fesitval series, for children 6-12 years old, visits 10 Wyoming cities in nine days from Monday, May 19, through Tuesday, June 10. Casper (May 19), Cody (May 20), Thermopolis and Worland (May 21), Gillette (May 22), Newcastle (May 23), Laramie (May 27), Wheatland (May 28), Jackson (May 30) and Cheyenne (June 10) are included in the tour.

Cowboy and Cowgirl student-athletes and coaches are making the tour, made possible by local sponsors in each community.

The Sports Festival, beginning its seventh year, is a community outreach effort offered by UW's Athletics Department that brings head coaches and student-athletes to cities throughout the state every spring and summer. The clinics consist of two 45-minute sessions during which time the kids run through small drills in the sports of their choice. The drills are designed to work on specific skills for each sport. After the two sessions, the coaches gather the kids together, and speak about leading a positive lifestyle through athletics and education. An autograph session follows the coach's presentation.

The Sports Festival program has steadly grown. For example, in 2001, a total of 2,705 children participated in nine cities. Last year, 4,210 children were involved in 10 cities. A total of 5,277 children have signed up for this year's tour.

Following is the Sports Festival schedule:

May 19, Casper (Kelly Walsh High School, 10-12 a.m.)May 20, Cody (Livingston Elementary, 9-11 a.m.)May 21, Thermopolis (Middle School, 9-11 a.m.);        Worland (5th, 6th grades, 1-3 p.m.)May 22, Gillette (Paintbrush Elementary, 9-11 a.m., 1st-6th, 12-2:30 p.m.)May 23, Newcastle (High School, 9-11:30 a.m., 1st-6th, 12-2:30 p.m.)May 27, Laramie (UW Facilities, 9-11 a.m., 4th-6th, 12-2:15 p.m.)May 28, Wheatland (Libby Elementary, 9-11 a.m., West Elementary, 1-3 p.m.)May 30, Jackson, (k-5, 9-11 a.m.. 1-3 p.m.)June 10, Cheynne (YMCA, 9-noon)