EASTON FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS

Featured Athlete – Paul Tedford

By Perry Smith

Paul Tedford3Paul 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.”

Paul TedfordOver 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.”

The Kroc Center in Chicago adds archery league to their program

Kroc Center ChicagoWhether you’re interested in the arts, or the many areas of sports and fitness, aquatics, family & education, church, or seniors programs, you’ll find incredible opportunities to express your creativity and live a healthier life at the Kroc Center Chicago.

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.

NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center Quarterly Newsletter

By Katrina Vyborny

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.

2016 Compound GradsDirectly 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.

Archery Team from Baja California Athletic Institute
Archery Team from Baja California Athletic Institute

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.

2016 Angel City Games

The Angel City Games features Adaptive Sports Clinics, Competition and Special Events for Athletes of All Ages and Ability Levels.  The Easton Foundations provided an archery range and staff for the participants to try archery.

Dear Easton Foundations:

Angel City GamesWe, at Angel City Sports, want to sincerely thank you for taking your time to help with the new archery clinic during the Angel City Games. Your participation was integral to the success of the clinic and we had amazing feedback from the athletes and their families. For many of our athletes, it was their first experience with archery and they continuously sang praises about the coaches who made it possible.

Jennyfer Oh
Angel City Sports

For more information on the Angel City Sports visit http://angelcitysports.org/2016-angel-city-games/

 

 

 

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Keeping Folks Hungry for Archery

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Story by Lisa Deaderick; Photo by Eduardo Contreras

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Keaton Chia and his sister always wanted to try medieval sports like fencing, archery and jousting.   They were big fans of “Lord of the Rings” movies and local Scottish games that highlighted archery. “The skill and artistry required to master the bow and arrow fascinated us”, he recalls.     Read more….. 

 

Aim True – Partnering for Performance

Story and Photography by Ray Carson

Sometimes it takes a partnership to create a project.  In 2008, the City of Newberry Parks and Recreation Department was tasked with a plan to create a sports park that would not only benefit local residents, but would also use sports tourism as an economic engine for the city.

As is often the case with small town government budgets, funding was limited.  The solution was to form a partnership with other entities that could share resources and funds to create the park.  Florida Fish and Wildlife donated land and the Easton Foundations provided additional funds and an archery facility.   Read more….

SoCal Showdown Gold Medal Finals at the San Diego County Fair

Tabitha Lipkin checks out the Archery SoCal Showdown in Del Mar

JUN 30 2016 12:14PM ET

Fox Sports San Diego

In this week’s Just Another Sports Segment, Tabitha Lipkin hits up the San Diego County Fair where the Archery SoCal Showdown is taking place featuring world-class competitors.  View video here  http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=716048451572

 

LOCAL ENCOURAGES LOVE OF ARCHERY

BY ZCODE MAGAZINES  • Jun 2016

Keaton Chia

92130’s Keaton Chia has been passionate about archery since 2005. Keaton started working with the Olympic Archery in School Program (OAS) to help create a unique archery league for middle schools and high schools. The program was created by the Easton Sports Development Foundation, giving young people the opportunity to participate and excel in archery. The USA Archery Resident Athlete program is based at the Easton center as well, where many Olympic hopefuls train. Keaton said about working with Olympians, “You’re surrounded by dreamers. It’s a tough journey, so to see what kind of character they have in order to persevere and achieve this dream is amazing.”

Keaton’s work with OAS has also given him the opportunity to follow his own dream of making archery more accessible for others. He appreciates being able to make a positive impact on young people. Learn more at www.esdf.org.

OLYMPIC DAY 2016

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June 22, 2016 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee today announced a record-setting participation for Olympic Day 2016, with 2,120 events scheduled in 1,503 communities across the country expected to engage more than 800,000 Americans in celebration of the Olympic Movement.

Olympic Day, celebrated globally on June 23, has been recognized each year since 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894. An International Olympic Committee initiative, the mission of Olympic Day is to promote the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect – and the three Olympic Day pillars – move, learn and discover – around the world.

“With the Rio Games fast approaching, we are thrilled to see so many Team USA athletes, National Governing Bodies and Multi-Sport Organizations celebrating Olympic Day and promoting the values of Olympism to the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “The growth and popularity of Olympic Day underscore the important role that sport can play in the community, and we look forward to some great events this summer.”

In 2016, Olympic Day activities are being held on six continents with several thousand events worldwide and more than 160 participating National Olympic Committees.

LA 2024, the LA84 Foundation and the Foundation for Global Sport Development will co-host an Olympic Day event at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where more than 500 young Angelenos will be able to rotate through eight Olympic and Paralympic sport stations, led by Olympic athletes, LA84 Foundation grantee programs, and local sport and adaptive programs.

“We’re honored to be able to celebrate the Olympic Movement with the youth of Los Angeles,” said Janet Evans, LA 2024 vice chair and director of athlete relations. “As a city with a ready-made connection to youth culture, Olympic Day is a unique opportunity to get a taste of what it means to inspire the next generation around the positive and powerful values of sport and Olympism.”

The U.S. Tennis Association is hosting the most Olympic Day events of any individual organization with 354 events planned at local courts across the country, followed by USA BMX, which is hosting 248 events. Forty-three National Governing Bodies and four High Performance Management Organizations and their affiliated clubs will host a total of 1,193 events in honor of Olympic Day.

“Many think that our window to celebrate the Olympic Movement occurs only once every two years,” said five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, John Naber. “By celebrating Olympic Day, we get to share our love of the Movement every year, and we also get to grow the size of our extended Olympic family.”

Olympic Day events in the U.S. are heavily supported by members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family, and the following member organizations have registered to participate in 2016 Olympic Day activities:

• Adaptive Sports USA (Formerly Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports USA)
• Amateur Athletic Union
• American Legion Youth Activities
• BlazeSports America
• Boy Scouts of America
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America
• Catholic Youth Organization
• Community Olympic Development Programs
• Community Partners
• Disabled Sports USA
• Jewish Community Centers
• Maccabi USA
• National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
• National Association of Police Athletic League
• National Collegiate Athletic Association
• National Congress of State Games
• National Federation of State High Schools Association
• National Governing Bodies
• National Recreation and Parks Association
• National Senior Games Association
• Olympic Training Centers
• Paralympic Sport Clubs
• SHAPE America (Formerly AAHPERD)
• Special Olympics, Inc.
• U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Sites
• Underwater Society of America
• United States Air Force
• United States Army
• United States Association of Blind Athletes
• United States Coast Guard
• United States Marine Corps
• United States Navy
• United States Olympians and Paralympians Association
• US Orienteering Federation
• US Polo Association
• USA Dance
• USA Football
• USA Ultímate
• USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council
• YMCA of the USA
• YWCA of the USA

For more information on Olympic Day celebrations in the U.S. or to find an event, visit Team USA – Olympic Day, email: OlympicDay@usoc.org, or follow and join the social conversation using the #OlympicDay hashtag. Additional Olympic Day resources can be found on the International Olympic Committee’s website, Olympic Day.