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Archery in the Schools

Shooting USA - Archery in the Schools 

28-02-1We're covering the largest archery tournament ever organized as more than 3,000 competitors shoot for the national championship. It's the Archery in the Schools Program that's teaching marksmanship and citizenship in High Schools and Middle Schools across the country.

There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of the most successful shooting program in the nation that’s been bringing youngsters into the shooting sports for the past seven years. So far, more than 3-million youngsters have learned to shoot as a part of the National Archery in the Schools program. That’s how you get the biggest tournament on record, with the top teams from 40 states coming to the national championships.

28-02-2You can tell right away, the NASP National Championship isn’t your typical shooting match. It seems more like a high school pep rally with bands and banners and cheerleaders. We’re in Louisville, Kentucky, inside the huge Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, for the championship match of the National Archery in the Schools Program. It’s the largest archery tournament in U.S. history with 3001 competitors shooting from a firing line nearly a quarter-of-a-mile long. NASP began in 2002 with just a few dozen kids competing in the first state tournament in Kentucky.

28-02-3In just seven years, The National Archery in the Schools Program has spread to more than 40 states and five countries, with millions of children from elementary, middle, and high schools shooting bows in their Physical Education classes.

Roy Grimes is the head of NASP who understands the appeal to students and the benefits of participating, “In this program you don’t have to be tall, strong, fast, or pretty to have success. Every kid is enjoying success here.  As a matter of fact, some of the kids, who have never had success in other athletic endeavors, find out that they’re archery champions.”

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