Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) is a unique, family-oriented youth archery program which has grown steadily across the United States since 2012, as a “Next-Step” initiative to follow introductory archery programs. With the help from national, state, and local sponsors, S3DA is able to host archery events such as the recent Outdoor Target National Championship held in Fairfield, Ohio. Ohio S3DA State Coordinator, Billy Lawson traveled around the area and spoke with local companies about donations and sponsorships for the event. Several companies and organizations were more than willing to help, which included: Neyra Industries, Inc., On Target Heating and Cooling LLC, KDD Construction, LLC, Myron Bowling Auctioneers, and several Walmart stores.
Walmart has a “Volunteerism Always Pays” (VAP) program, which offers assistance from Walmart and Sam’s Club based on the hours of volunteering employees take part in with nonprofit organizations. Also, a couple of representatives from the local Walmart set-up a canopy on-site and provided archers, parents, coaches, and staff members with FREE bottles of ice-cold water. Walmart supports and invests in community projects through local giving, encouraging volunteerism, and through programs such as S3DA that strengthen the community. Walmart believes that volunteering will strengthen local community projects and create value for not only the business but the society.
Jason Marshall the owner of On Target Heating and Cooling LLC stated, “I have been competing in archery since I was nine years old. I have an extensive background in archery. I am more than happy to help in any way that I can when it comes to getting our youth outdoors. Back when I started shooting archery, they didn’t have programs like S3DA, or I would have definitely joined. With so much technology at our fingertips, it is nice to give the kids something to keep them outside. I want my love and passion for the sport of archery to pass on to the next generation.”