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,