EASTON FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS

Young Archers Target Growing Sport

By: Roger Showley 6:01 P.M.APRIL 19, 2014

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The south lawn at the Olympic Training Center in eastern Chula Vista wasn’t full of Easter eggs Saturday but of Legolas, Katniss Everdeen and Green Arrow wannabes, as about 75 middle school and high school archers faced off at a daylong tournament, heading toward a Southern California championship in Long Beach next month.

Organized by Olympic Archery in the Schools, the San Diego League event featured 38 targets, set 9 meters away from shooters in the lower grades and 18 meters for the high schoolers.

Dressed in T-shirts and jeans — no Robin Hoods in sight — and cheered on by their families in lawn chairs, the competitors took turns shooting three arrows in each round. They aimed at the 10-point bull’s eye with their wood and plastic bows, some outfitted with sights and stabilizer bars.

As their turns arrived, their hearts raced typically to 180 beats per minute, the tension increased by the need to remain calm, out shoot their rivals and find some way to compensate for a slight wind blowing from the west.

Keaton Chia, the program supervisor for the Easton Sports Development Foundation and the Olympic Archery in Schools program, rules on a shot by using a magnifying glass. — John Gibbins

Xander Ching, 11, a sixth grader at High Tech Middle in Chula Vista, was one of the youngest and shortest archers — but he consistently shot 9s and 10s, besting most of his taller and older rivals. He placed third in the final round.

“I get to hang out with a lot of friends, go to really cool championships and meet new people everyday,” he said in between “ends” or turns at the target.

He’s tried other sports but discovered his natural talent when his sister, Sabelle Garcia, 14, a freshman at High Tech High, also took up the sport and convinced him to try it out. She also competed Saturday.

“This is a sport where you don’t have to be tall or stronger or anything,” Xander said, adding that concentration on the target helps him focus at school.

“It’s better than playing video games all day,” his father Baron Ching said.

Keaton Chia, the program’s San Diego-based national supervisor, said interest in the sport has spiked up with the help of blockbuster movies featuring archers in “The Hunger Games,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Avengers” and “Brave.”

“Everyone wants to get into the sport after ‘The Hunger Games,’” Chia said.

Angelica Marasigan, 17, a junior at John Muir, the K-12 magnet school in Clairemont, said her science teacher, Vincent Stevens, recruited her to join the team when it first started last year. Her only other sport was Polynesian dancing.

“I love archery because you’re not going against anyone else (physically) — it’s an individual sport,” she said.

Looking ahead, she hopes to win an archery scholarship and major in biology at Columbia University.

Archery programs include both indoor and outdoor target practice and teams often have to improvise to set up the field, while observing strict safety rules.

La Jolla High School physics teacher Martin Teachworth said the neighborhood wouldn’t tolerate an outdoor target field, so he commandeered the cafeteria after hours and attracted 75 students at the first tryouts, curtain hung around the room to catch errant arrows.

“It’s such a nice, niche sport,” Teachworth said.

Although you only need a bow and arrows, the cost to outfit each student can run $200 or more; Olympic-level bows can cost more than $3,000 and the arrows, $50 each. But luckily, many schools receive initial funding from the Van Nuys-based Easton Sports Development Foundation, which also is building an indoor facility at the Olympic Training Center, as well as others around the country. Founder Jim Easton’s father started a sports equipment company in 1922.

“Jim Easton’s mission is getting the word out there,” said Kathy White, Easton’s executive assistant.

Easton Salt Lake Archery Center Announces Grand Opening

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EASTON SALT LAKE ARCHERY CENTER ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF ITS NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART TRAINING CENTER

Salt Lake City, Utah – April 8, 2014 – On Tuesday, April 15, Easton Foundations will open a new state-of-the-art archery training center in Salt Lake City, providing Utah with one of the world’s premier archery training venues.  This world-class facility boasts one of the largest dedicated indoor ranges in the world and also has outdoor and 3D ranges.  The Easton Salt Lake Archery Center will provide superior performance training for teams and individual athletes both locally and around the world.

A private VIP luncheon is scheduled for Friday, April 11th, followed by a public open house on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 11am-3pm located at 575 N. John Glenn Road in Salt Lake City.  Attendees will be able to watch Olympic archers compete, test their own archery skills, and enjoy a barbeque lunch.  chery training center in Salt Lake City, providing Utah with one of the world’s premier archery training venues.  This world-class facility boasts one of the largest dedicated indoor ranges in the world and also has outdoor and 3D ranges.  The Easton Salt Lake Archery Center will provide superior performance training for teams and individual athletes both locally and around the world.

“The Easton Foundation is excited to see the next step in our founder’s vision become a reality.  This Center is the first of its kind in many ways.  It will move us closer to fulfilling our vision of increasing archery participation and raising the skill of U.S. Archers by creating a seamless path from the introduction to archery through top-level training,” said Greg Easton, President of the Easton Foundations.  “We look forward to welcoming local, national, and international archers to Salt Lake City and working with our sister centers in Newberry Florida, Yankton South Dakota, Chula Vista California (at the Olympic Training Center), and our affiliated centers.”

The $12 million training facility totals over 60,000 square feet and features shooting venues that accommodate shooting: indoors, indoor/outdoor, covered, outdoor, and 3D.  Additionally, the facility is equipped with technologically advanced testing, meeting and classroom space, a gym, sports med room, and workshop.

New for Utah’s archery community will be a training center that will provide open shooting, leagues, regional and national and international events, specialty camps and clinics, instructor certification courses and opportunities to train one-on-one with certified instructors and coaches.

“This new facility will provide a valuable resource for developing archery in our community and puts Salt Lake County on the map with archers from around the world, including, perhaps our future Olympians,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

The new facility will enhance Utah’s ability to attract and host major archery events, including world cups and world championships that bring significant economic impact and media exposure to the state.  Utah has previously hosted the 2009 Youth World Championships, and World Cups in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission stated, “Adding this premier facility to the list of Utah’s Olympic and other world-class venues, continues to diversify and broaden our sports infrastructure and helps us perpetuate the state’s sport and Olympic legacy strategy.”Utah Sports Logo

The Easton Salt Lake Archery Center is a project of the Easton Foundations, which has a network of regional training facilities working together for archery excellence.                 They serve the needs of shooters whether the goal is recreation, Olympic gold, or anything in between.

The Easton Salt Lake Archery Center Features:

  • 70m indoor range
  • 90m outdoor range
  • 3D range
  • Workshop
  • Testing
  • Meeting and Classrooms
  • Gym
  • Sports Med Room

For Immediate Release

For further information:

Mackenzie Madsen

(385) 210-1550

www.esdf.org/SaltLake

Carl Greene Hired as Director of Archery…

PRESS RELEASE

From: Caren Sawyer, Executive Director

Date: March 10, 2014

Carl Greene Hired as Director of Archery for the Easton Newberry Sports Complex

Newberry, FL—Easton Sports Development Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Carl Greene as the Director of Archery for the Easton Newberry Sports Complex in Newberry, Florida.

Carl, a USA Archery Level 5 Coach, will be responsible for all archery activities at the Newberry facility. As Director of Archery, Carl will report directly to Robert Romero, Director of Coaching.  Carl will be relocating to the Newberry, FL area from Georgia to be closer to the center.

Carl brings with him an extensive archery background including:

  • USA Archery Level V National Training System Coach
  • USA Archery Level IV Class trainer
  • USA Archery ITS Staff 2013 & 2014
  • USA Archery Junior Dream Team Red-Team Coach
  • USCA Board Member 2012 & 2013
  • Georgia Shooting Sports Foundation Treasurer
  • GA 4-H S.A.F.E. State Advisory Board
  • GA 4-H S.A.F.E. State Training Board
  • Head coach of Southern Eagles Archery Team at Georgia Southern University
  • Head coach of The Range JOAD archery program
  • Owner of The Range / Statesboro Archery Pro Shop

Carl has been shooting a bow for over 35 years.  He began his coaching career in 2004 with a local 4-H program and since then has continued as part of the Georgia State Training and Advisory board and, through his work with USA Archery, he has trained many coaches and coached his own students to local, state, and national titles.

“The Easton Foundation is pleased to have Carl join our team, stated Greg Easton, President of the Easton Foundation.  His experience in business and as an archery coach will serve him well in leading the team in Newberry.”

“We are extremely pleased to have Carl Greene join the elite team of archery coaches within the Easton Foundations. Carl’s exceptional coaching and management capabilities are key assets in furthering our mission of creating the coaching infrastructure needed to address the growing number of new archers coming into the sport. Carl’s Elite Level coaching status and National Trainer experience offer the skill sets necessary to develop and fully implement those programs. We are extremely happy to have Carl join the Easton Foundations family.” stated Don Rabska, V.P. Easton Foundations.

Carl’s response to joining the Easton Foundations’ team reflects his professional attitude toward the position, “It is an honor to be selected by the Easton Foundations to fill the position of the ‘Director of Archery Programs’ in Newberry, FL.  I look forward to working with the staff and clubs to promote the future of archery and the role of a ‘Community Olympic Development Program’.”

Robert Romero, Director of Coaching stated, “With Carl Greene coming on board as the Director of Archery Programs of our Newberry Florida center, I feel that the our programs will continue to grow in a direction that will suit not only our new CODP designation but also the Newberry and North Central Florida community. Carl brings with him high level coaching experience as well as a very successful grassroots program knowledge that will help guide our center into the future.”

For additional information contact Ms. Caren Sawyer, Executive Director, at 818-901-0127 Ext. 104, or at csawyer@esdf.org.

About the Easton Foundations:

The Easton Foundations’ aim is to keep archery a viable part of the sporting culture in communities across the United States.  Founded during the 1982 Olympics by Jim Easton, the founder and former CEO of Easton Sports, Inc., the Foundation actively works to introduce the Olympic sport of archery to communities across the country.  It supports the training of aspiring archers, trainers, coaches, and administrators and building of archery facilities at city parks, schools, universities and sports complexes.

The Easton Foundations encourages and engages youth to participate and develop skills in the sports of archery, baseball, softball, ice hockey, and cycling.  It contributes to selected 501(c)(3) charitable groups and universities that share its vision of excellence and innovation in sports programs, business and engineering education, and medical research.

Position Announcement: Administrative Assistant/Coach

Easton Sports Development Foundation/Easton Salt Lake Archery Center

Position Title: Administration Assistant/Coach

 

JOB SUMMARY:

  • Assist facility Director in managing all archery programs.
  • Assist with day to day operations.
  • Assist with facility maintenance, programs and event coordination.
  • Assist in overseeing and maintaining the indoor and outdoor target and 3-D ranges.
  • Assist in the oversight of community-based archery programs, including college teams, leagues, tournaments and events.
  • Assist, or conduct, archery instructor training courses.
  • Assist with record keeping for facility archery programs.
  • Assist in promotional efforts to increase programs and participation.
  • Manage and inventory the facility’s archery program equipment.
  • Travel, as needed, to coaching seminars and other functions related to the job.
  • Facilitate equipment upkeep, organization and maintenance for all program equipment.
  • Assist with updating of the website calendar. (Events, general information, press releases, photos and other web-based information).
  • Manage online registration and scheduling of classes and activities.
  • Assist in coordinating all elements of incoming groups, international or domestic.
  • Assist facility Director with equipment orders, range set-up and all other functions related to normal operation of the center.
  • Maintain good attendance.
  • Must have strong organizational skills.
  • Support Director of archery and maintain good working relationships with other staff members.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Have a strong archery background.
  • US Archery Level III or above coaching certification or level II with a minimum of 4 years of competitive or archery coaching experience.
  • Be knowledgeable in archery tournament/competition setup and operation.
  • The ability to use Dartfish, Quicktime and other photo/video analysis software programs or the willingness to learn such programs.
  • Must be able to work with children, adults and special needs persons in a public environment on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to work all scheduled hours including evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Be able to work in an English-speaking environment.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • The ability to manage part-time employees, volunteers and contract services.
  • Learn to operate the registration software (Rec 1).
  • Have the ability to use the MS Office suite software and have general knowledge of daily office operations and equipment.
  • Social Media usage skills.
  • Will be lifting and moving targets up to 50 pounds and other physical functions as needed.

PREFERRED SKILLS:

  • Demonstrate commitment, drive and initiative to achieve facility and program outcomes and requirements.
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be proficient in USA Archery’s National Training System (NTS), or be willing to learn.
  • Proficient in second language viz., Spanish, French, German.
  • Proficient in the use of power and hand tools

TOOLS & EQUIPMENT:

  • Standard office equipment
  • Physical fitness & training equipment
  • Standard bow tuning, setup and maintenance re-curve and compound.
  • Computer equipment, AV, Dartfish or similar archery specific training and high-speed camera equipment.

 

POSITION REPORTS TO: Easton Salt Lake Archery Center Archery Programs Director.

Please email resume to:   keldredge@esdf.org

Deadline for Submission:  Position will remain open until filled.

Salary Range:  Negotiable, commensurate to experience, education and training.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, handicap or veteran status.  All qualified applicants will be given equal opportunity.  Selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

In an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle and work environment the Easton Foundation is Tobacco free.

Outdoor Adventure Center Opening Soon

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Written By:  Charis Prunty

OAC interior 431Brookings – The keys were turned over today, and now the board members and director of Outdoor Adventure Center of South Dakota are ready to get rolling.  President Jim Pickard said shooting sports teams have already practiced at the Brookings facility and the non-profit center hopes to be in full operation by the end of January.

Their website is here: http://oacofsd.org/archery-range/

 

National Program Impact Surveys Completed for NASP and USA Archery

January 27th, 2014 BY DOUG ENGH, Outreach Director

Easton Foundations provides program and equipment funding for a number of national archery organizations.  Its staff also assists in many ways to help these organizations achieve their goals in promoting and developing archery.

Even though these organizations are the best in operating their own programs, from time to time it’s helpful to bring in outside sports management researchers to assist in evaluating best practices and program impact.  During 2013, two organizations partnered with Easton Foundations, which provided funding and logistical support—USA Archery and National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®)–to conduct comprehensive surveys of their participants, and in some cases their staff and leaders.  A research team from the University of Texas A&M, led by Dr. Matt Walker, worked with USA Archery’s Denise Parker and Mary Emmons, and with Roy Grimes of NASP®, to develop the questions and logistics in order to reach a larger number of participants and the most meaningful results.  Easton Foundations’ Doug Engh assisted in coordinating the effort.

The NASP® survey was conducted at their 2013 National Tournament with thousands of youth answering survey questions.  The USA Archery club survey was conducted online and by phone.

Both organizations assisted Dr. Walker’s team in developing the questions, stating their goals, and providing access to their members and participants.  Once the results and any recommendations were tabulated, phone meetings with Dr. Walker were arranged to clarify the results and verbiage, and the final reports were then submitted to the organizations.

With their permission, we’ve archived the survey results here for your viewing.  Each survey provides insight not only of the perception of each organization by its members and leaders, but also to the archery sport as a whole.  They provide insight for those looking for new ways to attract archers and how to best retain them and for clubs looking for ways to stay active.

Many thanks to Roy Grimes, Denise Parker and Mary Emmons for their help, and thanks to Dr. Matt Walker of the University of Texas A&M for putting together a great research team.

To access the Surveys, please click on the links:

Club Based Archery Report

NASP Report 2013

About the Easton Foundations:  The Easton Foundations’ aim is to keep archery a viable part of the sporting culture in communities across the United States.  Founded during the 1982 Olympics by Jim Easton, the founder and former CEO of Easton Sports, Inc., the Foundation actively works to introduce the Olympic sport of archery to communities across the country.  It supports the training of aspiring archers, trainers, coaches, and administrators and building of archery facilities at city parks, schools, universities and sports complexes.

 

Newberry Youth Look Forward to Archery World Championships

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Recently the Easton Newberry Sports Complex held the World Team Trials for USA Archery. This event was well attended by the best archers across the country all vying for one of the three precious spots to represent the USA at the World Championships in 2014 in France.

One of the big stories to come out of the event was two young local archers, Meghan Collins (age 14) and Ryan Oliver (age 14).  Ryan finished 3rd in the U20 (or Junior category) team and Meghan finished an amazing 1st place in the open women’s division.  Both finished the trials placing well above their usual finish and were rewarded with making the US team.

The young archers took some time out of their busy training schedule to talk about the event and their hopes for the World Championships in February.

Coach Turner) How old are you? 
Ryan Oliver) 14
Meghan Collins) 14

Coach) How long have you been involved in archery?
Ryan) 4 years
Meghan) 1 year in the Olympic Archery in Schools (OAS) program and 2 years at Easton Newberry Sports Complex

Coach) Where did you first start your archery career? Was it fun and why did you like it?
Ryan) I started shooting when the Easton complex first opened in 2009 and I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and was the first kid to sign up for classes there. I immediately fell in love with shooting and thought it was fun and challenging.
Meghan) I started it at my school’s OAS program. It was so much fun because of the mental part of it and the competition, I like to compete.

Coach) Why do you like archery?
Ryan) I like archery because it is a fun, challenging sport and I love traveling around the country representing the United States as a part of the Junior Dream Team and the US Archery Team.
Meghan) I enjoy shooting because it’s a very mental sport, it takes a lot of focus. You have to shut everything out except for you and the arrow when you’re on the shooting line.

Coach) Has the Easton Foundation affected your shooting career? If so how?
Ryan) Easton Foundations gave me the opportunity to learn archery through the Easton Newberry Sports Complex (ENSC) and later gave a grant to our JOAD Club (Newberry JOAD) to help set up another local practice range.
Meghan) Yes, I train at one of the centers almost every day. I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am today if it wasn’t for the facility, the classes it offers and coaches it provides. There’s no way we could get the kind of coaching I get if it weren’t for ENSC.

Coach) What are the big titles that you have won?
Ryan) 2013 2nd place in the Cadet Recurve National Rankings, Made 2012 Junior Dream Team, 2013 Archery of the Americas Indoor Championship Bronze Medal, 2013 Cross Continental Championships Gold Medal (adult division), 2013 Easton JOAD Nationals 3rd Place, 2013 US Indoor Nationals 2nd place, 2013 JOAD Indoor Nationals 3rd place, 2012 Easton JOAD Nationals 2nd place, 2012 US Indoor Nationals 1st place, 2012 JOAD Indoor Nationals 2nd place, 2011 Easton JOAD Nationals 1st place.
Meghan) I was Grand National Champion at Easton JOAD nationals last summer in Hamilton, Ohio, FL state outdoor FITA champion two years in a row, FL state indoor FITA champion last year and I hold 16 state records both indoor and outdoor.

Coach) Tell us about the World Indoor trials, was it fun, was the competition tough, did you think you would make the team, was there one match that was the hardest?
Ryan) I was confident in my ability to make the team even competing with the toughest competition in the country. I think we all had fun shooting against each other and spending time together.
Meghan) I love competitions, so it was really fun! The competition was tough. I shot the first day having a goal of making the top eight because only the top eight moved on to the second day. I ended up getting first. The second day I also came in first, which was a surprise as I did not think I was going to make the team going into the tournament. The hardest match was against someone who had come in sixth the first day, Kathleen Roberts Stevenson, and she ended up winning that match.

Coach) What is the most exciting thing about going to France?
Ryan) The most exciting thing about going to France is representing the United States and competing at such a high level and going to another country for eight days.
Meghan) The most exciting thing about going to France is that I’m representing the USA. It’s been a dream of mine ever since I started archery and it’s come true.

Coach) How are you fundraising and can you give us the pages/links so we can share?
Ryan) I am trying to raise $3,000 to help cover the costs of the trip to France and I am taking online donations, you can find the link to my fundraising efforts on Facebook by searching “Ryan’s World Indoor Championships Nimes France” or go to www.GoFundMe.com/Ryans-World-IndoorFrance
Meghan) There are some really great people in our archery community at ESNC who are helping me as well as family and I appreciate them a lot. I also have a fundraising page if anyone would like to help out, it’s at http://www.gofundme.com/5ry1m4 

Coach)   Finally, what are your archery goals for after the world indoors?
Ryan) My goals after World Indoor Championships is to win every USA Archery tournament in 2014 and start training for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Meghan) After world indoors, my goals are to make the USAT this year as a cadet, and the Olympic team in 2016.

Keep an eye on these young up and coming stars.  We wish them all the best in their preparation for the event. For more details about events being held at the Easton Newberry Complex or how to take lessons at the complex be sure to head to www.eastonnewberrysportscomplex.com

 

By: Coach Robert Turner 

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL® CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY WITH YEAR OF EXCITING INITIATIVES

Little League Big Legacy Project Aims to Create Massive Mosaic with Images Spanning 75 Years of Little League Memories While Supporting Local Leagues

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA., (January 8, 2014) – Little League Baseball®, the world’s largest youth sports organization, has officially launched its Diamond Anniversary year, announcing an exciting slate of programming that celebrates the fundamental values of the program – community, family, friendly competition and relationships that last a lifetime. Little League was founded in 1939, when the first Little League game was played in Williamsport, Pa., on June 6 of that year.

On January 7, as part of the anniversary celebration, Little League screened a preview of “Little League: The History,” an original documentary film created by VIA Studios Global, a division of WVIA Public Media, airing June 2014 (check local listings for dates). A lively panel discussion at the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum followed the screening, and featured Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO; Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, President of Pennsylvania College of Technology and Chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors; Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and Executive Director of the World of Little League; Thomas “Tuck” Frazier, a member of the 1939 inaugural team, Greg Matkosky, Documentary Producer and Director and VIA Studios Global/WVIA Creative Director for Documentary Films, and Karen Stotz Myers, daughter of Little League founder Carl E. Stotz. The event can be viewed on YouTube (www.youtube.com/littleleague) and on LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com (www.littleleaguebiglegacy.com).

“Over the course of our rich 75-year history, through the many life lessons learned on the diamonds, from notable athletes to incredible entertainers, writers, philanthropists and citizens, Little League Baseball and Softball can proudly say it develops major league people,” said Mr. Keener. “We are so thrilled to be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Little League and look forward to helping children continue to develop the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being along with the virtues of character, courage and loyalty for many years to come.”

The anniversary will be celebrated at the 7,000 local Little Leagues around the world, and the millions of volunteers, alumni, families and players are encouraged to share in the celebration on social media with the official hashtag: #LittleLeague75. This year also marks major milestones in the history of Little League, with the celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of Little League Softball®, 25th Anniversary of the Little League Challenger Division® and 15th Anniversary of the Little League Urban Initiative.

“Little League Baseball and Softball is a cherished tradition in our country and around the world,” said Baseball Commissioner, Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “This organization has provided millions of young people with the opportunity to play the greatest sport ever created, and Little League has allowed them to learn, grow and develop lifelong friendships through the National Pastime.  Major League Baseball and our Clubs are proud that we will honor Little League’s 75th Anniversary throughout the 2014 Championship Season and at our 85th All-Star Game this summer in Minneapolis.”

People can visit LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com for information on the history of the Little League program, an interactive timeline, photos and videos celebrating Little League and to get the most up to date information on events and activities and how they can commemorate the organization’s 75th Anniversary, including:

Major League Baseball Little League Days – Throughout the 2014 Major League Baseball season, many Major League clubs around the United States and Canada may celebrate Little League and Youth Baseball and Softball Days to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Little League. These events will celebrate Little League Baseball and Softball in their community. Major League Baseball will also honor Little League’s Diamond Anniversary during MLB All-Star Week this summer in Minneapolis, Minn.

Little League® Big Legacy Project – Little League is creating a unique, digital baseball mosaic with images spanning 75 years of Little League memories. People are encouraged to submit photos to LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com. For each photo submitted, Little League will donate $1, up to $50,000, to Pitch in for Baseball, a non-profit organization that helps provide equipment to local baseball and softball programs in need. The mosaic will be unveiled on June 6. For everyone wanting to share their Little League memories on social media, the official hashtag for the Big Legacy Project is #LittleLeagueBigLegacy.

Charles Fazzino Official Art and Educational Workshops Nationally-celebrated pop artist Charles Fazzino, will be working with fifth grade students from Pennsylvania schools in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties to create a one-of-a-kind work of art. Mr. Fazzino, who has created similar works of art for 11 NFL Super Bowls, six MLB All Star Games and many other major sport and cultural events, will unveil his one-of-a-kind work at the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series, which will become a permanent exhibition at the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store at Little League International Headquarters in South Williamsport, Pa. The project, initiated by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, will also involve multiple levels of students throughout the region in developing pieces of art that will be displayed alongside Fazzino’s works at the Gallery at Penn College on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Educational Initiative – To enhance its online information resources, in October 2013, Little League established a direct communication vehicle for Little League Parents. The new website (LittleLeague.org/Parents) and newsletter (The Parent Connection) allows Little League to have an open dialogue with parents, guardians and caretakers of Little Leaguers from around the world. In 2014, some highlights include the formation of a Parent Advisory Committee, and details on the organization’s new partnership with the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which is launching an educational program for parents on the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs. Little League will also work with longtime partner, Positive Coaching Alliance, to provide new and enhanced educational resources for Little League parents and coaches. The new parent’s communications initiative joins the Coaches Resource Center and Umpire Resource Center as valuable tools for Little League International to not only educate parents and volunteers, but to learn from them as well.

The 26th Little League International Congress, April 4-7 – Little League Volunteers from around the world will gather in Minneapolis, Minn., for Little League’s quadrennial International Congress. While discussing the overall state of Little League, the 26th Little League International Congress will celebrate the 75th Anniversary with special speakers, entertainers and a screening of the anniversary documentary.

Little League’s 75th Anniversary, June 6 – On the anniversary of the first Little League game in 1939, Little League and the greater Williamsport Community will come together to celebrate Little League’s accomplishments. The celebration will include an exclusive screening of the VIA Studios Global Documentary “Little League: The History.”

75th Anniversary Concert to Benefit The National Baseball Hall of Fame Anniversary Concert, Aug. 2 – Also celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2014, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will have its anniversary commemorated with a celebration concert featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra and numerous entertainers. Little League will be actively recognized during the festivities.

ESPN Vignette Series Produced by ESPN, these short-form retrospectives will feature some of the most significant moments and important people in Little League history. The vignette series is scheduled to air in the summer of 2014.

68th Little League Baseball® World Series, Aug. 14-24 – Little League’s 75th Anniversary celebrations will conclude on the biggest stage in youth sports, the Little League Baseball World Series. Special guests and Little League alums will gather in the birthplace of Little League to recognize 75 years of developing major league people.

Updates and more detailed information on all of these activities can be found on LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com.

“Little League has been providing positive experiences on the field, and off, for over seven decades,” said Dr. Gilmour. “We are looking forward to recognizing 75 years of success and embarking on our mission to continue to provide children around the world the opportunity to learn and grow through the sports of baseball and softball.”

About Little League®

Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. In 2014, Little League is celebrating its 75th Anniversary of developing major league people. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, or follow the Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeagueBaseballAndSoftball) or Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague). Celebrate Little League’s 75th Anniversary online at LittleLeagueBigLegacy.com, official hashtag: #LittleLeague75.

For more information contact:

Brian McClintock                                                                                 Bridget Curry

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Easton Grant Helps Build Olympic-Style, Family-Friendly Archery Program in Florida – By: Perry Smith

When Don Jackson started teaching at the Lekatchka Archery Club at Knights Trail Park in Nokomis, Fla. about five years ago, it was a small group of hunters who used to tool up for a fall hunt.  Now, thanks to help from an Easton Sports Development Foundation grant, the club has become an established practice facility for archers of all ages — and it recently produced its first championship archer.

“Because of Easton, we’ve taken a club that was basically a hunters’ club and we’ve now opened it up to a whole new type of archery,” said Jackson, who’s on the board of directors for the 50-acre training facility named after the Seminole term for “Broken Arrow.”  It’s also helped him with one of his favorite aspects of the sport, which is watching entire families spend the day at the Lekatchka ranges.

After applying for a grant from the Easton Foundations, Jackson said the club received about $4,000 in equipment from the organization to expand the archery center at the public park, with equipment that allowed participants of all ages to practice Olympic-style archery.

“So now, all of a sudden, we have all of this foam and all of these targets,” Jackson said, “and it’s opened up a whole new avenue for the kids.”

After participating in classes and practicing at Lekatchka, Sophie Shepherd, an 11-year-old from Venice, Fla., came in first in the 2013 Sunshine State Games in the Female Olympic Recurve competition.

The program at Lekatchka has slowly gathered steam over the last five years, starting as an email group, Jackson said. But it really took off after the park began to offer an Introduction to Archery course.  “We started an email program and we soon learned there was a lot of interest in family archery,” he said. “And all of a sudden, we had bunch of kids out there.”

There are more than 600 members on the club’s email group, he said, and more than 120 regular members, who enjoy the free lesson in the volunteer-run program.  The park thrives and is able to offer free services — there’s a small fee, about $5, if a family member would like to have lunch at the range — due to the help of countless volunteers and donations, Jackson said. In addition to other board members who give their time, and community members who donate, Easton’s eight recurve bows have been a big help, he said. The equipment, and those willing to undergo training instruction for archers, have helped fairly new enthusiasts like Don Jackson grow the sport, but there’s also been help from the media, Jackson said.  Jackson, who grew up watching hockey in Canada, but retired after selling his Ohio industrial water treatment company back in 2007, said the recent “Hunger Games” series prompted a boost in the group’s popularity, and an uptick in attendance in his introductory class.  “I think basically the movies played a factor,” Jackson said, noting that the Jennifer Lawrence films are giving archery “a new in amongst the kids.”  “You see a snowball effect,” as he calls it.

Anything that helps get families together on the range is a positive for Jackson, who stays involved with the club because he enjoys sharing his newfound bow-and-arrow passion, and watching the popularity of the sport grow.  Sometimes, parents become encouraged when they learn that there are scholarship possibilities for children who excel in the sport, he said.  “I let them do what they want when they start archery,” Jackson says, noting that many of the younger enthusiasts enjoy starting out with the center’s simulated hunting range with 3D foam targets and a compound bow.  And then he’ll offer an introduction to the Olympic version.  “If these kids are good, they can get scholarships in archery, and if they want to do that they’re going to have to learn the recurve bow,” Jackson said.

“(The students) will do that, and once they do they usually stay with the recurve,” he said, “and don’t bother going back to the compound bow.”