After much consideration, the Easton Foundations has decided to discontinue its archery program at the Easton Van Nuys Archery Center. The archery center, located at 15026 Oxnard Street, Van Nuys, CA will close permanently on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
According to Caren Sawyer, Executive Director, the Easton Foundations’ headquarters will remain in this location after the closure, but will likely move to another location in 2017. The Foundation will also continue to operate its three state-of-the-art facilities in Chula Vista, Calif., Salt Lake City, Utah, and Newberry, Fla.
Easton Foundations’ President, Greg Easton stated, “While the Easton Foundations have streamlined our programs and operations, we remain committed to serve the sport of archery, and to implement our mission the way Jim Easton has envisioned.”
Thank you for supporting the Easton Foundations. We count on your support as we move forward in 2017 to continue to increase awareness of archery and its impact in the United States and across the globe.
Bridgestone Americas made financial donations to six organizations on behalf of “Team Bridgestone” featuring Aly Raisman, Meb Keflezighi, Kelley O’Hara, Cullen Jones, Will Groulx, and our beloved Khatuna Lorig. The support is part of Bridgestone’s “Behind the Performance” program, which is designed to celebrate each Team Bridgestone athlete’s relentless passion for performance and honor those who helped inspire and support their Olympic journey.
Each member of Team Bridgestone selected an organization to receive a $10,000 donation from Bridgestone. ESDF was lucky enough to be selected by Khatuna for this generous donation. Thank you so much to Bridgestone and Khatuna for this gracious gift! We appreciate it so much.
GSU had a great turnout for their Shooting Sports Fest with over 800 people attending. They had archery activities which included ‘Try Archery’ for all ages, shooting at a target about 5 meters, 3-D archery outside for all ages as well as the Hover archery system supplied by the Georgia DNR & Fellowship of Christian Athletes Shooting Sports.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – October 5, 2016. The Easton Sports Development Foundation proudly won the North American bid to host the Archery World Cup Salt Lake. After three successful years hosting this event in Ogden in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the prestigious archery series returns to Utah with the collaboration of the Utah Sports Commission and Visit Salt Lake. Thanks to these partnerships, the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center has been awarded the World Cup third leg for 2017, 2018 and 2019. The 2017 competition dates are June 21-25.
The Archery World Cup circuit consists of four world-ranking events in four different countries and the top eight archers in each category of competition are invited to the Archery World Cup Final. As the only annual series of world-ranking archery events, the World Cup titles are highly sought after as Olympians and World Champions battle for top honors. Next summer, as the circuit continues to grow, more than 300 athletes from 40 countries are expected to participate in the event.
“We are excited to host this prestigious event at the new world class Easton Salt Lake Archery Center,” commented President of Easton Foundations, Greg Easton. “We built this facility with hosting major events in mind and are proud we can bring a leg of the World Cup back to Utah and to Salt Lake City.”
“It is an honor to have the Archery World Cup return to the United States,” added USA Archery CEO Denise Parker. “Thanks to the contributions of the Easton Foundations, we are lucky enough to have one of the finest archery training facilities in the world in Salt Lake City and we look forward to supporting the organizing committee to make this a fantastic event for all. It is also our hope that a World Cup event in the U.S. will continue to support and sustain the tremendous growth in participation and interest our sport has experienced in the last several years.”
On behalf of the Utah Sports Commission and Visit Salt Lake “Hosting these three Archery World Cup events is a key part of our Olympic legacy efforts and anticipate these events to be a success and look forward to having the world’s best archers come to our state,” said Jeff Robbins, Utah Sports Commission President & CEO.
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Thank you so much for your support of our biggest event of the year! Easton Foundations is the primary reason we are able to put on an event of this size. With the equipment Easton provided, we were able to have about 950 people participate throughout the week and try archery for the first time. Read more….
Keep an eye out for Club Archery’s next event, the Bruin Indoor Tournament at the Easton Van Nuys Archery Center on November 6th where they will compete against several other Southern California schools.
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 email@example.com 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.