CLEARWATER, Kansas – Hundreds of archers from grammar school up to high school competed on Saturday at the NASP State Archery Tournament in Clearwater.
According to the National Archery in the Schools Program or ‘NASP’, Wildlife Conservation agencies are concerned too many young people are forgoing learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time with wild things in wild places. Natural resource professionals are convinced learning target shooting skills will result in character and self-reliance development that will serve the future of wildlife conservation well.
Dodge City student Sydney Foster told KSN, “I’m a cheerleader, I dance, I’m on the track team, I’m on the trapshooting team.” Foster added, “I like archery when it’s with targets, it’s a lot more connecting with yourself.”
The sport welcomes hunters and non-hunters. Many of the coaches volunteer their time multiple days a week to help kids practice and train.
Clearwater coach Mark Moore said, “It’s incredible, as far as how it’s spread, even in our state of Kansas this is our largest tournament, that we’ve ever had, we’re pushing close to 400 students throughout the state, participating in our state tournament this weekend.”
The season culminates with the 2016 National Tournament in Louisville, KY next month.
Archery made its debut at the 1900 Summer Olympics and a total of eighty-four nations have competed in Olympic archery events.