EASTON FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS

Florida Sports Foundation awards Easton Gator Cup Best Mid-Market Event of the Year for 2016

The Florida Sports Foundation (FSF), the state’s leading sports promotion and development organization, presented six awards to recognize Florida communities and sports commissions for their outstanding efforts in sports tourism in the State of Florida.  The events were awarded or held between April 1, 2016 and April 15, 2017.

Mid-Market Event of the Year:  Easton Gator Cup, Newberry, Gainesville Sports Commission.

While this is an annual local created event, what made the 2016 event special was winning the bid to host the USA Olympic Team Trials as the last chance for men and women to qualify in the US to go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.   During the Olympic Trials the top 8 men and women were eliminated down to the top 4, a 3 person team with one alternate archer.  This was not only great marketing for the local community but also for the State of Florida to host an Olympic Qualifier before Rio.  Over 600 people attended the five-day Gator Cup Tournament and Olympic Team Trial.  Over 80% of participants were from out-of-state and over 95% of participants were from out-of county with 38 states represented and archers from Canada, Trinidad and Bermuda.  1,138 room nights were produced with over $175,000 direct hotel impact and a direct Economic impact of $452,067.

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The Easton Archery Center of Excellence receives award from the City of Chula Vista

Don Rabska, VP of the Easton Foundations with Mary Salas, the Mayor of Chula Vista
Don Rabska, VP of the Easton Foundations receives award from Mary Salas, the Mayor of Chula Vista

The City of Chula Vista recognizes the Easton Archery Center of Excellence with the Ribbons & Shovels New Non-Residential Construction Project Award for architecture and design excellence in commercial, industrial, or retail projects that contribute to the economic vitality of Chula Vista.

USA Archery Awards 2017 NOCC Bid to Easton Archery Center of Excellence and UC San Diego

Sept. 19, 2016, 3:46 p.m. (ET)

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.

The event will conclude with an awards banquet to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of archers and coaches. Archers can compete for medals in all events in addition to the prestigious National Team Championship award and All-American and Academic All-American Honors.

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 collegearchery@usarchery.org.

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.

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….