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On target with a national archery tournament

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The National Archery in the Schools Program is holding a massive tournament at the Kentucky Exposition Center.  But target archery is not as easy as it looks.  Organizer Tom Bennett says thousands of young people who take up archery are involved in a sport they can do the rest of their lives. 

Students from North Pontotoc High School in Ecru, Mississippi are among the competitors.  Coach Matt Lindsey along with two of his team members, Gage and Brook, showed Barry Bernson and Candyce Clifft how it's done.

National Archery in the Schools Program

May 6th through 8th

Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, South Wing

$5 admission (under 12 for free)]

Plus $6 for KEC parking

To find out more about the program, visit www.archeryintheschools.org

The largest archery tournament on the planet, the National Archery in the Schools Program® (NASP), will be held May 6 - 8, 2010, at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Nearly 7,000 boys and girls, from grades 4-12, will travel from 35 states and Canada to compete in two days of international target style archery.

NASP began in Kentucky in 21 middle schools in 2002. Since then, the program, taught by physical education teachers as a part of the in-school curriculum, has expanded to more than 7,500 schools in 46 states, four Canadian provinces, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. NASP teaches 'target style' archery and is credited with improving students' abilities to focus, concentrate and practice.

NASP is divided into three divisions: elementary, middle, and high school. Thirty nine percent of the students are girls. The national and world champion is a 16 year old girl, Jessica Nystrum, from Hartland, Mich. NASP is also taught to special needs students and teachers report improvements in attention spans and attitudes.

According to the National Safety Council, archery is safer than all 'ball sports' taught in schools with one exception, table tennis. NASP has been taught to more than 4.5 million students in seven years and had no accidents. This school year more than 1.2 million students will learn the lifetime skill of archery from their teachers.

Archery is a lifetime sport classified as 'moderate' exercise and is proven to be a gateway to other physical activity.

 

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