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S3DA Provides a Clear Path for Kids

Remember the catch phrase “Clear Path Initia-tive”. As many of you are al-ready aware of S3DA and The Pope & Young Club opted earlier this year to join forces and support the intro-duction of archery and bowhunting to young folks nationwide.
The S3DA family has done an incredible job of laying the foundation for a grass roots effort, however they realized that they could take the program to another level by adding manpower and guidance from a 50+ year old bowhunting and conservation organization like The Pope & Young Club. From the Pope & Young perspective, we couldn’t have agreed more. We had been actively searching for a way to intro-duce the younger generation to our sport but had not been able to come up with an effective way to do so. S3DA seemed like the perfect solution and they had already proven their plan works.

The result of numerous meetings on both sides is that we have now refined the By-laws for the Scholas-tic Archery Association Corporation to reflect the joint effort and we are in the pro-cess of finalizing a restruc-turing of the Board of Direc-tors which will include a broad representation from the founding members of the S3DA board along with sev-eral experienced and talented long term members of the Pope & Young Club.

I fully expect that by the time you read this article the ink will be dry and we will be hard at work supporting Jen-nie and her talented and dedi-cated crew. So what has been the re-sult of the effort so far you might ask? As you have prob-ably noticed our efforts are in the news constantly. Jennie and the staff are absolutely covered up by inquires from folks wanting to form clubs or teams in their communi-ties. The number of states now with clubs or teams has more than doubled and there is a backlog of folks that we have just not yet been able to service yet. The list of trained coaches has grown substan-tially. Tournaments are filling up the calendar everywhere and colleges are actively pur-suing our young folks with college scholarships.

Our fundraising efforts have also been in the news as of late. Sponsor’s that have been there from the beginning like our title sponsor Bear Archery, Pape’s Archery,

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NEET Archery Products is Newest S3DA Sponsor

Louisville, KY – Scholastic 3-D Archery announces NEET as their latest sponsor. NEET Archery Products has stepped up to help S3DA grow archery and bow hunter numbers. “Anyone that has been in the archery family for any length of time will recognize the NEET brand and their contribution to our sport,” says Jennie Richardson, Executive Director of S3DA. “They have continued that support of archery in partnering with S3DA. I am excited to have such a leader2233547 in the industry support our program. I am especially excited for the COACH’S KIT that NEET is developing.

This kit will include their big bag, arms guards, quivers and the revolutionary True Shot Coach.” “We are proud to be a sponsor,” states Brenda Eichholz, Owner of Neet Archery Products. “S3D supports choices and variety for archery students to find what works best for each individual. This promotes learning for the kids and growth for our industry.” Started in December 2012 by the Scholastic Archery Association, S3DA has grown exponentially as a next step program to follow introductory programs offered as part of 4-H or the National Archery in Schools Program.

S3DA addresses the need for a program to bridge beginning target archery experience and more advanced activities such as 3-D shooting and bowhunting. The program currently operates across the United States with hundreds of certified coaches serving thousands of young archers, grades 3–12 –

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Young Archers Want to Shoot 3-D Animal Targets

There is a new organization (Scholastic 3-D Archery) that is on the verge of changing archery

forever. I predict it will increase archery participation and new bowhunters in a way that we’ve

never seen before. It will keep kids in target archery longer, continue to increase female

participation in hunting (the fastest growing component of hunting today), and be a huge boost in

after school hours participation.

Recently the Pope and Young Club became a major sponsor and they believe that Scholastic 3-D

Archery will provide “a clear path for kids” in getting them into the woods, bowhunting, and the

fun of archery. Other major sponsors are Cabelas Outdoor Fund and Bear Archery, but many

others are coming on board.

Scholastic 3-D Archery is a non-profit organization that fosters, educates, and guides youth in 3-

D archery through after school programs at schools, archery clubs, and dealers. It all started

when Jennie Richardson from Kentucky, who instigated the creation of the National Archery in

the Schools Program, realized that kids wanted to shoot 3-D animal targets, and wanted to do it

with compound and recurve bows. So three years ago she, along with others, began this

program. In January, there were clubs in two states. Today there are clubs in 23 states and more

are on the way. The growth has been exponential.

If a student participates in archery via the Archery in the Schools Program, 4-H, or Boy Scouts,

Scholastic 3-D is the next step. Kids can shoot their own bows, participate at grade school,

middle school, or high school levels, and have fun shooting bows. As Jennie Richardson states,

“Once these kids progress through the various introductory programs, they naturally want to

expand their knowledge of shooting styles and equipment. The all-inclusive mind set of S3DA

opens the door to the world of archery for these kids. The enthusiasm surrounding this program

is incredible to experience.”

If they so choose, and affiliate with a public school, then club members can compete not only as

individuals, but as a team representing their school. Clubs not affiliated with a school can only

compete as individuals. Public schools align with S3DA because it provides after school

activities. Clubs can be hosted by schools, sporting goods stores, churches, archery clubs,

whatever, and there is instructor training centering on safety and the fun of shooting bows and 3-

D animal targets.

One rapidly growing aspect of S3DA is in colleges providing archery scholarships. NAIA

smaller colleges and universities are using varsity archery teams as a way to help recruit

students. And they can create archery as a varsity sport because there is no worry about Title 9

issues. Women and men are found on S3DA teams.

At the S3DA National Tournament this spring, colleges gave participants $264,000 worth of

scholarships. Think about that. Shoot bows, have fun, and get scholarships to attend colleges.

And this was just the second year for a national tournament. Colleges are already lining up to

give more scholarships in 2016.

One aspect of S3DA that has not come to fruition yet is the initiation of high school archery as a

varsity sport. With the growing interest of colleges in recruiting young archers to their teams, it

is hoped that this will spur high schools to get S3DA going as a school sport.

One last word on this phenomenon. A quick study was done of students in archery clubs in Indiana where

83 percent of recent participants purchased hunting licenses. With hunter numbers on the decline, and

hunter dollars needed for wildlife management, S3DA could be a bell ringer for the future of hunting.