Thank you for the Archery Equipment on behalf of the NIU Archery Club
Dear Idida Briones at Easton Foundations,
My name is Harshita Kothamasu. I am the Public Relations officer for the Northern Illinois University Archery Club. I am writing this to thank you on behalf of the Club. The NIU Archery Club was a recipient of the Easton Foundation Grant. It has provided the club with much-needed bows, arrows, targets, and other miscellaneous archery items. Since receiving the grant we have used the equipment in every archery shoot held at our campus and has given over 40 (and counting) new clubs members an invaluable archery learning experience. We will be traveling to various locations around the midwest and Northern Illinois area to compete against other clubs and organizations and will be proudly using the Easton archery equipment you have supplied us with. On behalf of all the officers and clubs members in the NIU archery club, we would like to thank you for all the equipment and for allowing us to enhance the archery learning experience!
PILLA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN, BE A CHAMPION FOR EYE HEALTH
The importance of protecting an archer’s eyes from the damaging effects of the sun cannot be overstated. Pilla recognizes this fact and has created a campaign to educate archers and provide an affordable solution. Every Pilla lens formulation is treated with a specific dye to completely block 100% of the sun’s harmful UV rays and removes UV light to a true 400nm level. True UV 400 protection is very important in reducing the chances of developing macular degeneration, a disease that destroys the sharp, central vision used to perform such daily tasks as reading and driving.
The Mask lenses provide the same uncompromising quality and clarity that all of Pilla’s lenses offer. Being engineering by ZEISS, the world’s leader in optics, they are the finest high definition lenses in the world. The state-of-the-art anti-reflective coating means that the archer never has to worry about glare, the “optically perfect” quality of the lenses provide over twice the clarity of the average sunglass, and the various filtrations allow the archer to customize their field of view depending on the light conditions. The revolutionary frameless Mask system offers a featherweight feeling and, with no frame and no nosepiece, the archer has complete unobstructed visual sight and target reference. All of this means that the archer can now protect their eyes with the best lenses on the market while, at the same time, improving their sight picture and overall performance.
The all-new “Be a Champion for Eye Health” campaign is offering the Mask lens at a special price of $129, lowered by over 50% from the current and original $269 price point. Pilla is offering this special pricing as a way to introduce archers to a high performance tool that protects their eyes while providing them with a performance advantage. Archers will also have the opportunity to trade in the Mask lens for a full $129 credit when they are ready to upgrade to a professional model 2-lens kit. Anyone is eligible for this offer and is encouraged to contact Erika Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Awards to be presented this week at U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee today announced the recipients of six awards, which will be presented at a celebratory dinner during the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly that begins tomorrow at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Friday awards dinner will conclude the Assembly and feature NBC sports reporter Lewis Johnson as host.
Jim Easton was named the Olympic Torch Award honoree, while Jim Eckford was selected to receive the Jack Kelly Fair Play Award presented by BP. Also, Glen Bennett and BlazeSports America were chosen as the individual and program recipients for the Rings of Gold awards. Two National Governing Bodies will also be recognized for achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusion. USA Synchro was named the 2016 recipient of the Advancing D&I Award, while USRowing was selected by its peers as the D&I Choice Award winner for its Freedom Rows initiative.
The Olympic Torch Award recognizes an individual who has positively impacted the Olympic Movement by promoting the Olympic Ideals. Easton, who has devoted more than 60 years of service to the development of archery, acted as president of the International Archery Federation (now known as World Archery) from 1989-2005. Additionally, he served more than 20 years as a board member for the International Olympic Committee and USOC (1994-2015), including four years as an IOC vice president (2002-06). Under his leadership, the Easton Sports Development Foundation has supported the development of several regional training facilities, including the Easton Archery Center of Excellence at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in California, as well as the World Archery Excellence Center in Switzerland.
The Jack Kelly Fair Play Award presented by BP recognizes an athlete, coach or official for an outstanding act of fair play and sportsmanship. When Eckford was in pursuit of a personal-best marathon time, he met Amelia Dickerson, a blind athlete, at mile 15 of the California International Marathon. Dickerson’s guide runner could not finish the race with her, so Eckford took over as the guide despite having no experience. The pair ultimately crossed the finish line in 3:20:28, a new personal best for Dickerson. Even though it meant giving up his personal race goals for the day, Eckford selflessly helped Dickerson reach hers.
The Rings of Gold awards annually recognize an individual and a program dedicated to helping children develop their Olympic or Paralympic dreams, and reach their highest athletic and personal potential. A volunteer coach for the Michigan State University archery team for more than six years, Bennett has developed archers into national champions and All-American athletes. He also currently serves as the program coordinator for the Michigan State Demmer Shooting Sports, Education and Training Center, and teaches a Junior Olympic Archery Development Program. Bennett also works with visually impaired and quadriplegic athletes to help them learn archery and crossbow shooting.
For 20 years, BlazeSports America has been at the forefront of advancing the lives of children and teens with physical disabilities through adaptive sport and recreation. Designated as a USOC Multi-Sport Organization and Paralympic Sport Club, BlazeSports America focuses not only on the athletic development and Paralympic potential, but also provides opportunities for young athletes to gain independence, self-confidence, and leadership and academic skills. Since its inception after the 1996 Paralympic Games, BlazeSports America has touched the lives of more than 800,000 children with physical disabilities with more than 18 million hours of Paralympic and adaptive sports programming.
The Advancing D&I Award recognizes the NGB with the highest annual growth percentage of underrepresented individuals based on diversity data for women, and racial and ethnic minorities. USA Synchro led all NGBs with an 8.57 percent increase in membership for women and persons of color from 2014-15. Percentage increases were evaluated based on overall NGB numbers, which includes board members, employees, NGB membership, and national team athletes and coaches.
Celebrating its third year, the D&I Choice Award recognizes an NGB for best practices in advancing diversity and inclusion, as determined by a vote of NGB peers. Originally launched in 2014 as a diversity initiative, USRowing’s Freedom Rows was established to increase the number of military service members and veterans with disabilities participating in adaptive and para-rowing categories. Freedom Rows aims to provide training and outreach coordination to Veteran’s Affairs adaptive sports program managers, recreational therapists and coaches. Freedom Rows expanded to provide equipment and administrative support to 20 local clubs in 2015.
Johnson has covered many historic Olympic and Paralympic moments while reporting for NBC at a total of 11 Games, including the recently concluded Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Johnson currently covers track and field for NBC, college football for the PAC-12 Network, March Madness for CBS/Turner Sports and the NBA for Turner Sports. Prior to his career on screen, he was an All-American track athlete at the University of Cincinnati and is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He competed professionally throughout Europe for seven years. Johnson was ranked among the top 10 U.S. athletes in the 800-meter and competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 1988 and 1992, when he reached the semifinals.
2016 Award Winners
Olympic Torch Award: Jim Easton
Jack Kelly Fair Play Award presented by BP: Jim Eckford
Rings of Gold – Individual: Glen Bennett Rings of Gold – Program: BlazeSports America
Advancing D&I: USA Synchro D&I Choice Award: USRowing
About the Assembly The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly was initiated in 2005 to give a voice to the various member organizations of the USOC; to keep dialogue open between members, staff and volunteer leadership; and to help further the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the United States. The two-day event – themed “Future of Sport” – welcomes more than 250 participants, representing Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American National Governing Bodies; U.S. Olympians and Paralympians; Multi-Sport Organizations; the Athletes’ Advisory Council; the Paralympic Advisory Committee; and USOC board members and staff.
Hello, Easton Sports Development Foundation. I am writing to you with a huge “Thank you” for your support of the most successful camp season in the history of Girl Scouts of Montana & Wyoming (GSMW). You are the reason we were able to host a record number of campers and you are the reason hundreds of girls are now eagerly pursuing archery and other outdoor ventures beyond our camps.
To prepare for our camps’ archery programs, GSMW certified one Level II and six new USAA Level I archery instructors and hired an international staff member with archery instruction certifications in Scotland. GSMW hosted 522 residential campers during the summer of 2016 – almost 100 more than 2015’s enrollment. Of our 522 campers, about 95% participated in at least 2 hours of archery instruction and activity. Our campers each received a letter about the Easton Foundation’s generous equipment grant in addition to a list of ways for them to continue archery instruction throughout Montana and Wyoming.
After every camp session, we asked campers, “What was your favorite part of camp?” Atop the list of favorite activities at camp was “Archery”! Archery was followed closely by “making new friends.” We believe archery and making friends go hand-in-hand. Thank you so much for giving our staff and girls the opportunity to explore and share archery with others.
We already have plans to increase the capacity and magnitude of our archery programs in the coming camp seasons. Due to the popularity of archery at our camps, next year, we will offer an archery-focused camp where each day girls will spend at least four hours on archery instruction and activity. Our Casper, Wyoming camp, Camp Sacajawea, is within one mile of a BLM-managed archery range and field course, the Robert L. Adams Archery Range. I look forward to working with the BLM and the local archery club, the Lost Arrow Archers, to develop intensive programming unique to our Girl Scouts camps. From there, I know some of our campers will continue to participate and possibly compete in archery sports beyond the camp setting.
I have attached some of our best pictures of our campers using the awesome equipment the Easton Foundation granted us. The girls loved the equipment, and so did their families and our instructors! I know that at least half of our camp’s young instructors plan on pursuing archery recreationally outside of the camp setting, as well.
The Easton Sports Development Foundation has spurred a movement here in Montana and Wyoming. You will see our archers growing up, enjoying archery, and competing through the ranks in the years to come. We will update you on all our program developments throughout this year and further into the future. Thank you once again for your generous support that has enlivened a love of archery in hundreds of girls across Montana and Wyoming.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Archery has awarded the 2017 National Outdoor Collegiate Championships bid to the Easton Archery Center of Excellence who will partner with UC San Diego to host the event. The NOCC will be held May 18-21 at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center in California.
Coach of the UCSD Sun God Archery Club and Easton Foundations’ Event Coordinator Nick Kale shared: “Keaton Chia (Program Director for Easton Foundations) and I both got really involved in archery through the collegiate program, so getting to work in the industry and having the ability to host the NOCC is something we’re really both excited about. We went through the whole process and college archery is so important to both of us; now that we’re in this position to host a tournament, we’re really hoping to deliver a top quality tournament to the collegiate community. Following James Madison and Michigan State, both were very high grade events, we have some big shoes to fill, but we’re really excited to do it.”
The U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championship will consist of a welcome parade and reception, one day of Official Practice, two days of 72-arrow qualification rounds, the first followed by the Mixed Team event and the second followed by Team event, and finally individual elimination matches.
Registration and host hotel information for this event will be available in early 2017. For a complete list of USA Archery sanctioned events, click here. For more information on the Collegiate Archery Program click here or contact Collegiate Archery Program Callie Grieser at email@example.com.
Paul Tedford was never really into traditional team sports, per se. But he remembers his interest being piqued in the bow and arrow after his mom took him to a shop in their central Montana hometown.
It was the summer of his fifth grade, and he and his four brothers were looking for an outlet.
“We were in need of something to do that summer,” the 26-year-old Great Falls resident said. “Our Mom took us down to the archery shop, and we were interested. We got set up and started shooting right away.”
By about a year later, Tedford, who’s now competing for one of only four spots on the U.S. Archery Men’s Compound Team, was entering into state tournaments. Tedford loved archery, but also the competitive aspect, trying to best someone on the range, was a thrill for him.
“Just the fact of trying to win something from somebody better than me — that was an experience for me,” he said. “From that day on, I just thought the competition side of archery was really cool, and I wanted to learn more about it.”
He fondly recalls that first tournament with a laugh, an experience he says he “totally bombed.” He was having equipment issues he didn’t even know about. He was completely nervous. But it was still a fun learning experience. “My whole arrow rest came loose, and I didn’t even notice until the end,” he said. “It was kinda funny.”
Over the last 15 years, his skills have improved and his nerves have calmed some, but he felt like he didn’t hit a breakthrough moment for his archery career until this past season, when he was competing in the U.S. Open. He ended up in second, but he competed against his traveling companion and friend, Tate Morgan, who also hails from Central Montana. The experience of knowing he qualified for a guaranteed medal spot for the first time was one he will not soon forget, he said. “Basically, it just gives you the confidence to know that now you’re one of the top guys,” Tedford said. “That podium in Alabama for the U.S. Open really was a massive boost in my confidence, just to know that I can compete with those guys and that I belong up there with them.”
There have been two other more recent adjustments to his technique and strategy that have made a big difference, he said. One was switching to the lighter Easton arrows, which has helped his score, and the other is two supplements he created — Provision and Profocus — which are supplements he engineered with the help of a manufacturer, and he now sells them online, as well. His new part-time supplement business keeps him busy when he’s not shooting professionally, he said.
“I take it every day, the vitamin for your eyes is just good in general, and the focus one I take every day just to help with my practice,” he said. “What really brought it out is for a lot of years I would look for something that would help me cut down on my nerves — everyone gets nervous,” he said.
As far as upcoming goals, making the US Compound squad, and at his final tournament of the season in Ohio at the end of the month, he’d like to pick up his first gold this season.
“I’d like to win a USA Archery event, and this one coming up in Ohio is my last chance, he said. “In the U.S. Open I came in second, which was great,” he said, “but I’d still like to take first.”
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With a grant from the Easton Foundations, The Salvation Army KROC Center in Chicago has added an archery league program to their schedule.
Doug Engh, Outreach Director for the Easton Foundations recently made a visit to Chicago to conduct a very successful archery training session.
The training was conducted for 10 Kroc staffers, as well as for their new Director. The first day Holly Edgar from Georgia Southern University presented the Team Archery concepts in the morning. Late morning, Brennan Ewald, Marketing Manager at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center gave a presentation on the NFAA, club structures and area tournaments.
During the afternoon, the training group ran a mock Team Archery event in the gym for the staffers. The next day Jeff DeRegnacourt from West Michigan Archery Center, along with Doug Engh, conducted a Level 1 class.
In the coming months Doug will also be visiting the Kroc Center in Grand Rapids to train their staff for their new archery league program.
The busy times continue at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center! Our annual events continue to grow and our community outreach efforts continue to share the archery center to the community.
June 10-12 NEYAC hosted the National Field Archery Association’s 8th Annual First Dakota Classic tournament. The Classic is the last tournament in a 3 Star Tour, following tournaments in Las Vegas, NV and Louisville, KY. Approximately 300 archers enjoyed the new format with the opportunity to compete for over $40,000 in cash prizes, including a shoot-out for $10,000. Congratulations go out to Wade McClanahan (age 16) of Colome, SD for winning $5,000 amateur guarantee in the shoot-out, and Rodger Willet Jr. of Gloucester County, VA for winning the $10,000 grand prize. McClanahan also took home the championship title in the young adult class.
Directly after the Classic, NEYAC hosted the 4th Annual NFAA High Performance Youth Compound Academy. The Academy brought together 39 young adults (ages 11-18) from around the US (including Alaska), Mexico, and Canada for an intense 4 days of training with guests including George Ryals IV and Paige Gore. While the Academy has a primary focus on shot form and execution, significant time is also spent discussing fitness, nutrition, equipment tuning/repair and sportsmanship.
The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center (NEYAC) was honored to be the site for the Junior Archery Team for Baja California Athletic Institute from Mexicali, Mexico to train for 10 days. The group of nine archers and three coaches drove to Yankton to provide their team a high quality training experience both indoors and outdoors. While here, the team competed in the First Dakota Classic and the Midwest Outdoor Sectionals, and attended the Youth Compound Academy.
The USA Archery U.S. National Field Championships and World Field Team Trials were hosted at NEYAC June 30–July 3. After shooting a total of 48 targets between two days during Field Nationals, the top eight archers in each category competed in the team trials for a spot on the U.S. team headed to Dublin, Ireland in September 2016.
Alongside the larger events and tournaments, NEYAC has also been continuing to reach out to the community and participate in local events. NEYAC had an Archery Zone at Ribfest held at one of Yankton’s local parks. Weather changed the original shooting plans, but visitors were still able to have fun shooting foam-tipped arrows at a variety of targets. The local Boy Scouts have been coming to NEYAC to earn archery merit badges. Summer rec programming through the City of Yankton has exposed many local youth to compound and recurve archery, air rifle, and trap shooting.
To see more of what NEYAC has been up to, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @YanktonArchery.