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YSA After-School Programs Expand To South Summit Schools


The Youth Sports Alliance is an organization that fosters the development of sports teams in Park City and Summit County. They’re kicking off this year’s after-school programs for first through ninth grades.

The Youth Sports Alliance Get Out and Play programs start this week. They’re offered on Friday afternoons which is an early release day for elementary students. This year the YSA is providing programs for Park City Elementary School, Ecker Hill Middle School, South Summit schools and now Silver Summit Academy. Treasure Mountain Junior High students can participate in the Activ8 programs that are offered on Monday afternoons.

The programs are designed to introduce kids to sports and activities but also to build character and get children off the couch. Students 1st-5th grades can participate in ski, snowboard, cross country, freestyle, freeride, ski jumping, bouldering, mountain biking and ice skating. Middle school students from 6th to 9th grade can participate in the Activ8 offerings. The programs fill up quickly but according to YSA Development Director Janna Dalton they still have availability for Rowing and Mountain Biking for Treasure Mountain Junior High students.

“Heather Simms works with all of the outreach coordinators at each school and she goes to all of the Back to School Nights. She translates all of our materials into Spanish. We work really closely with those outreach coordinators to see do they have target students that would benefit from our programs. We work with the Solomon Program for sign up nights. So, we have a lot of different ways we communicate with all parts of our community to make sure that anyone who wants to try any of these programs has the opportunity and we shoot to scholarship 25 % of all of our programs.”

Last year, the YSA started an after-school pilot in the South Summit School District. This year they’re including Silver Summit Academy which is part of the South Summit School District.

“Yep, that’s a new school and they can join any of our Get Out and Play and Activ8 programs. And we’ve also expanded our programs in the South Summit School District so last year we ran a pilot program with just one option and this year, we’ll have two or three per session. Our first year we have 20% of the school participate and we’ve had just a really great response because they have really limited after school programs out there.”

The Live Like Sam Foundation and YSA have partnered to give out Gratitude Grants to athletes who display sportsmanship and gratitude.

“There was an application process. They wrote an essay. They also had four thank you notes that they had to show us, and they did a small video. And we had a really great response and we were intending to give out about five and we’re going to give out 11.”

They’ve identified the Live Like Sam grant recipients for this year but won’t be announcing their names until the September 29th Circle of Excellence event.

The Jans Winter Welcome is October 26th. The grand prize opportunity drawing is a sailing cruise for two in the Greek Islands. You can go to YSAparkcity.org to purchase tickets for the event and for the opportunity drawing. All the proceeds go to the seven winter sports clubs.   

Parents willl be able to sign up for winter programs in October. 

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