Tab Bamford, June 24, 2014

On Monday, June 23, the LiFE Sports camp at Ohio State provided another opportunity for development to kids.

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LiFE Sports is an annual four-week camp for kids ages 9-18 held on campus in Columbus, Ohio. It's free for the 650 kids in attendance, and Monday's Career Day opened the eyes of the attendees to more than just sports.

Students learned about potential career opportunities from OSU marching band assistant director Rick Shaffer, representatives of Cardinal Health, and former Buckeye athletes including former basketball team members Ron Stokes, currently a radio analyst, and Jason Singleton, who is now the university's associate director of compliance, education and enforcement.

The camp, formerly known as the National Youth Sports Program when it was established in 1968, was once federally funded with the funds administered by the NCAA. But when Congress cut the NYSP from the budget in 2007, founding member Ohio State took it upon itself to keep the program running - at a cost of more than $250,000 annually. In 2012, OSU raised awareness for the camp with the LiFE Sports Spring Football Game.

For more information about this initiative, visit or check out the OSU LiFE Sports Facebook page.