Thank you again very much for the Easton Foundations support in 2015 to help with the construction of our new archery facility. We wanted to update you on the success of the program. The facility now has 15 Olympic size lanes, a needed drainage pond, fencing, berm, bow hangers, and bleachers. Many individuals have enjoyed the new facility and it has sparked a great deal of interest in our organizational membership.
Prior to the receipt of our grant in 2015, about 300 children participated in Archery programs at the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG). However, following the upgrades to the archery facility, that number grew to more than 500. Within the next year, we see continued growth to 750 individuals participating in archery through clubs, programs, lessons, and summer camps.
Archery is a very important part of our organization and serves as a key way to teach children and adults about the conservation of our native environment through hunting. Adults and children love taking pride in their skills in archery developing over time and it gives them a sense of confidence as they become better at this sport. We are thankful for your support to grow these programs through the building of the facility and the beauty and uniqueness it provides to our nature preserve.
Thank you for your generosity in the past and for continuing a relationship with the ODCMG.
Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG)
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.
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 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.