The West Virginia University Libraries has donated more than 300 books to a program for economically disadvantaged students to help further their education.

The books were given to the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP), which has been hosted for the last 20 years by WVU s School of Physical Education.

Frances OBrien, dean of WVU Libraries, recently presented the books to campers.

We thought it was important for the campers to have books of their own that they could read and keep,she said.We hope they take them home to share with their families.

Donated books includeBridge to Terabithiaby Katherine Patterson,The Lightning Thiefby Rick Riordan andTravel Teamby Mike Lupica.

I really enjoyed spending an afternoon at the camp and seeing the kids smile and carry around their books,OBrien said.

The NYSP is a cooperative project between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The program helps students build physical fitness and foundations for learning and character. Locally, it is free to economically disadvantaged youth ages 10-16 from Monongalia County and surrounding areas.

The NYSP provides special programs such as health and nutrition education, career enrichment and team building. It also emphasizes good study habits and self-esteem, stresses the importance of staying away from drugs and alcohol and features physical activitiesincluding swimming and tchoukball, an indoor variation of soccer played on a cushioned court with trampolineswith an emphasis on skill development and sportsmanship.