Spencer Sports Center at Wabash Valley College is no stranger to some amazing athletes, but it looked a little different recently, as the center was host to the Illinois S3DA Indoor State Archery Championship. The Wabash Bowhunters S3DA Team coordinated the event with the help of Illinois State Coordinator, Jim Sharp and the Illinois S3DA Regional Coordinators. With over six hundred plus spectators, the facility was filled with nearly one hundred fifty competitors from nine clubs and eight teams.
State Representative, Darren Bailey opened the event with prayer. Darren stated, “I was amazed to see the level of participation from both students and volunteers. I am happy to see the sport of archery in our schools. What better way is there to exemplify our freedom as Americans.”
Archers from all over the state of Illinois competed in their respective class and age divisions. High school winners were awarded scholarships from several different colleges and universities. Illinois S3DA helped facilitate the distribution of over $3.5 million in potential college scholarships for this event alone.
S3DA coach Earl Lawrence stated, “It is great to not only be able to promote the sport that I love, but to see these kids get an opportunity to compete on a collegiate level and further their education. It would have been a wonderful opportunity to have a program like this when I was a child.”
Illinois State Coordinator, Jim Sharp said the program in Illinois continues to grow and he is very excited to see the outcome of the 3-D and Outdoor Target 2020 season.