Illinois S3DA Hosts 3D Regional Fundraiser

Illinois S3DA held a 3D regional fundraiser which allowed archers from a couple of other states the opportunity to come together and compete in beautiful Rend Lake, Illinois at the North Marcum Archery Complex. The staff did a great job of putting together a challenging but fun 3D course, so the participants had various shooting distances and angles. Twelve Illinois S3DA teams participated over the two days of shooting, including Crowley’s Ridge Archers that made the trip from Arkansas to support their neighboring state. With more than 70+ in attendance, Regional Coordinators, coaches, parents, and archers all came together to help with bow repairs, coaching techniques and general good archery fun.

Illinois S3DA has created the Illinois S3DA Scholarship which is a scholarship that can be used to further the awardee’s education, whether for college, university, or trade school. The scholarship is awarded to a Female or Male that is either a Junior or Senior in High School. Many of the parents as well as past recipients (alum) that received an Illinois S3DA Scholarship came out to this event and shot with their respective teams. After competing in the Long Shot Challenge, Mid America Archers student member, Kaitlyn Robinson said, “I plan to continue with S3DA as soon as I graduate by becoming an S3DA coach.”

Jim Sharp stated, “I was very excited to see the kids and their parents come out to have some quality family time. The parents were excited to shoot with their kids instead of just being a spectator. This was our kick-off fundraiser, as we will have more throughout the year. These funds from this event will help with a new set of targets and another state trailer. The equipment will be used to help NEW S3DA teams hold Indoor and Outdoor Target events in 2023.”

If there are any kids that are interested in archery, love the outdoors, and like challenging themselves in a competitive sport, the Illinois S3DA program can provide you that. There are options to compete locally (within the state) and then nationally. Any Illinois S3DA representatives would be happy to help you with signing up to become a member. For more information on the program, please visit the Illinois S3DA Facebook page.