What if archery was something you could learn in school?
Good news: It is, thanks to trailblazing programs like the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). While NASP teaches archery to kids across the country in gym classes, Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) focuses on after-school instruction and getting kids out of classrooms and onto the archery range.
S3DA grows by offering group instruction in class settings, as well as tournament opportunities on the local, regional and national levels. The program’s premise is getting school-aged archers to embrace 3-D archery. Those efforts include valuable incentives for tournament performance, such as college scholarships worth over $200,000 in 2015 alone.
Shane Mahoney, CEO of Conservation Visions Inc., is enthusiastic about the program. “Every once in a while, something rare comes along that unites friends and families, helps build individuals of confidence and communities of purpose, and embraces our love for the outdoors and our responsibility for conserving nature,” he said. “S3DA is one of those rare things; one of those grand opportunities to be a part of something truly special.”
Why does introducing archery to school kids matter? Not only does archery teach patience and discipline, while helping young people connect with a sport they’ll love for a lifetime. It also gets them outside for fresh air while instilling self- confidence and a love for the outdoors.
“Introducing youths to archery fundamentals, and teaching them the principles of marksmanship and fair chase is vital to growing archery as a sport,” said Jack Bowman, president of Bear Archery. “Scholastic 3-D Archery’s Clear Path Initiative accomplishes all that and more.”
The organization, founded by Jennie Richardson, operates programs nationwide. Richardson explained why S3DA is growing so rapidly:
“The Scholastic 3D Archery program has more energy, enthusiasm and sense of urgency than any other program I’ve been involved with during the basic building/development stages,” she said. “At S3DA, we attribute this to its all-inclusive approach, from the equipment used to locations where the program can be initiated. Once kids progress through the introductory programs, they naturally want to expand their knowledge of equipment and shooting styles. The all-inclusive mindset opens the door to the world of archery.
“Archery dealers and manufacturers recognize that supporting this Next-Step youth program is a springboard to capture parents, siblings and grandparents; and guide the entire family into bowhunting through target archery,” Richardson continued. “The final bonus is the number of colleges now competing for students to attend their university, and the great scholarship packages being offered. It will be amazing to see how many colleges get on board the next five years.”
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