Brookings, SD – Recently, local youth organizations had their own ribbon cutting at the Outdoor Adventure Center of South Dakota. The Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) will be an activity hub for informal hands-on outdoor and environmental education. The center already is offering youth programs in archery, bb gun, air pistol and air rifle. Youth can participate in those activities through either 4-H Shooting Sports or OAC youth programs. In addition, youth programs will also be offered as part of the “Get Active. Stay Active.” kids program. “While it looks like the kids are just having fun”, said Nancy Beech, OAC program coordinator, “we are actually using youth development principles to increase youth confidence; expand their knowledge of the environment; develop skill sets in outdoor activities and become more physically active.
One workshop that is accomplishing all of the above goals is geocaching. Youth participants use a GPS unit and coordinates to find “treasures” throughout Dakota Nature Park. However, to do that, they have to walk throughout the park. One mother commented her child really enjoyed the geocaching workshop and that they had “walked a long ways”. “That, would be the point”, said Beech. “The youth are getting exercise without realizing it”. A full program of outdoor activities is being developed for later this fall.
The Outdoor Adventure Center will become part of a national network of prestigious archery facilities connected through the Easton Sports Development Foundation, one of the center’s national donors. Doug Engh, Easton Foundations Outreach Director, attended the open house and spoke with community donors.
Georgia Southern University begins work on the $5 Million Shooting Sports Education Center. The Center’s mission is “To construct and operate a public first-class, elite Shooting Sports Education Center on the campus of Georgia Southern University for the purpose of educating hunters, archers and other shooting sports enthusiasts in the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be a responsible hunter, archer, or shooting sports participant while promoting life-long participation in shooting sports.”
The Center is made possible by a grant from the Easton Foundations and is projected to be open to the public in March of 2015.
I began the Hanover College Archery Club when I was a freshman in 2012. At first, I thought that starting an Archery club would be easy, and that bringing the sport that I loved to a college campus would be a simple process. I soon found out that this was not that case at all. Without the Easton Foundation and the US Collegiate Archery Association’s tremendous support, Hanover College would not have the growing, promising Archery Club that it has today.
Hanover College has what is known as a Student Senate. This Senate consists of a body of students of the college who decide on a number of things to better our campus community; among those decisions are what clubs the college will permit and fund. If you want to start a club at Hanover College, you have to get approved by this Student Senate. I found out the hard way that getting approved is not as simple as asking “pretty please.” Needless to say, I did not like Student Senate at all for quite a while after that, and I was devastated. But I was also determined.
The next time I went to Student Senate, my Constitution was spotless, and my proposal was professional and logical. I made it clear that I had the previous experience and knowledge to run a safe Archery Club that people would love and enjoy. With that, the Student Senate finally passed my proposal: the Hanover College Archery Club was approved.
But it wasn’t all great times and good shooting from there on out. In fact, getting approved by Student Senate soon proved to be the easiest part of my journey. Hanover had no Archery equipment at all, and only a handful of the members of the Archery Club had equipment or any experience at all, and those handful were typically the officers. That, coupled with the fact that we had almost no funding and no support resulted in no progress, nothing, happening in the first year of the Archery Club’s existence. All the Archery Club had was a handful of enthusiastic members and some hopeful officers.
The summer after my Freshman year, I thought long and hard about whether or not I could continue on with the Archery Club. Was it worth it? No one believes in my club or even knows it exists, so why would people join? We don’t have any equipment, so how can I even get people interested enough to join? Where can I go with an Archery Club that has nothing? I was distraught and unsure of myself for quite some time, until finally I started doing some research. That’s when I found out about the US Collegiate Archery Association. The USCA helps people like me who are trying to start an Archery Club on their college campus. So I figured I would give it a shot, and I wrote to them and begged for help.
The first half of my sophomore year, I was determined to get the Archery Club on the map. To me, the USCA represented a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, someone would help me. So I got all of the members and officers together and told them what my plans were: the USCA apparently had grant opportunities, through the Easton Foundation, which could help fund the Archery Club, and that I had talked to someone within the USCA organization that could help us through the process. But like all things, getting equipment and filling out all the paperwork would take time. Naturally, once people knew that waiting was involved, I lost more members. After all, who wants to wait around to see IF a club will ever even be successful, when it barely even qualifies for a club as it is?
But giving up wasn’t an option. As time progressed, I got the needed information together to fill out the Equipment Grant. Throughout the entire process, I had the help and support of not only the kind, caring people at the US Collegiate Archery Association and the Easton Foundation, but I also had the support of some close friends, family, and my boyfriend, Jacob. Jacob and those other kind people with the USCA and Easton were always willing to listen, to understand the struggle that I was going through trying to get the Archery Club up and going. Idida Briones with the Easton Foundation was one particular person I talked to a great deal. From the beginning when I first wrote to her begging her for help to the moment when she told me that Hanover College Archery Club was granted the Easton Foundation’s Blue Tier Equipment Grant, Ms. Briones showed me that even great corporations like the Easton Foundation care about every archery enthusiast out there, and that they are always willing to help those struggling Archery Clubs in need in any way they can.
After a long process of filling out papers, keeping members hopeful and busy, and a lot of hopes and prayers, I got an email from Ms. Briones with the Easton Foundation that the Archery Club would be receiving the equipment we needed to finally get started. For the first time in over one and a half years, I saw the prospect of my dream coming true. The next thing I knew, the equipment came in, my officers had jobs to do, and we had meetings on Archery safety and technique before hitting the field for practice for the first time. Not only this, but for the first time, I was able to walk into Student Senate with my head held high, and show Student Senate all of the wonderful things that the Easton Foundation had provided us with. This time when I mentioned the Archery Club, I was not met with laughter, but rather with applause. Within a couple of weeks, we had our first practices, and all of the members told me that they had a great time, and that they look forward to joining the club again next year.
Now, I am the proud Founder and current President and Coach of the Hanover College Archery Club who is currently working on earning my Coach certificate. I am a USCA member and certified Judge, and I am continuing to work with my fellow officers and members on the continuation and expansion of the Archery Club at Hanover College. This past year was only the beginning for Hanover College’s Archery Club. The Archery Club at Hanover College will continue to strive to ensure that its members always have a safe, fun, exciting environment to come to that will help them learn and improve their Archery skills. The Archery Club began as a one man mission, but has become a success because of the kindness and generosity of the USCA and the Easton Foundation, and because of the support of family, friends, Archery Club members, and the dedicated officers of the Hanover College Archery Club who believed in the Archery Club when no one else did. To Vice President 2012-2014 Katrina Easley, Student Senate Representative 2012-2014 Ben Vogel, Treasurer 2013-2014 Renae Rogers, Secretary 2013-? Cat Brassell, and Equipment Manager 2013-2014 Jacob Morris, THANK YOU for all of your hard work, dedication, and belief in me. The Archery Club wouldn’t be the same without you all. To the US Collegiate Archery Association and the Easton Foundation, thank you for making my dream possible, and for all of your generosity and kindness. Without your grant, the Hanover College Archery Club would not have the promising future that it now does.
Echoing a trend that coaches and sports officials are starting to see more and more of nationally, Stow Recreation Department’s Laura Greenough says she’s seen her archery program really take off over the last few years.
“I think ‘The Hunger Games’ definitely made a difference as far as people getting excited about it, and making (the bow and arrow) for more than people who just use it for bow hunting,” Greenough said. With help from a $5,000 grant from the Easton Sports Development Foundation, Stow has been able to create a program that’s introduced dozens of kids to archery over the last three years. “We run a variety of programs throughout the year for children, adults, teens and seniors, from arts to sports camps,” she said. “We started it in the fall with eight kids.”
It’s not just about Hollywood — there were actually a few factors that helped play a role in the growth of archery in the small Northeastern town. But the $5,000 Easton Sports Development Foundation grant was also a big help, she said. The movies may have helped spark the interest in the sport, but the grant has helped sustain the recreation department’s ability to offer the sport.
“We didn’t have an archery program at all,” Greenough said, “and we created a full-day summer camp for our community, and that’s why I applied for the grant.”
The archery offering started as a summer pastime, but it’s grown into a sport that’s garnering almost year-round interest. “We don’t have an indoor space, yet, to have a winter session — but we run all other seasons.”
The Easton Sports Development Foundation grant has helped the recreation department get the stands, targets, bows, arrows and some of the other equipment the program needed. “And we were able to start it through the summer program and now we’ve expanded it to spring classes and summer programs, and archery programs for children and adults,” she said.
“The kids at the camp loved it,” Greenough said. “We have parents signing up because the kids at the camp loved it — people started asking, ‘When are you offering it again?’”
Of course, the sports popularity has only been boosted by Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss Everdeen, the bow-and-arrow wielding sharpshooter of a hero who repeatedly saves the day in “The Hunger Games” book and movie trilogy. The popular movies have also played a role in the sport gaining popularity among girls, as well as boys.
“We get a lot of girls signing up for the program, which is nice, it gives them options, another program to do,” she said. “We get our share of boys, as well, but a lot more girls signed up than expected.”
The movies are making the sport more accessible, which is also what the recreation department is trying to do with the help of the Easton Sports Development Foundation. “I just feel like, with ‘The Hunger Games,’ and with our being able to offer it, especially in our summer camp, it helps show that anybody can do it,” she said. “It just takes a little bit of practice.”
The Easton Foundations are pleased to announce that over the last year it has funded over $5.5 million in grants and programs. The Foundations’ funding supports youth baseball, softball and cycling, as well as education and medical research. Since 2007, total grants and programs of over $22 million have been provided to community and non-profit organizations.
This past fiscal year there were 140 grant recipients including USA Archery and Paralympics, National Field Archery Association Foundation, US Collegiate Archery, Little League Baseball, National Archery in the Schools Program, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, College Baseball Foundation, 4-H, International Softball Federation, World Sports Chicago, National Interscholastic Cycling Association, USA Hockey Foundation, and various youth groups, schools and park programs.
The Foundations’ programs include the Olympic Archery in Schools program currently in 5 states, the Easton Newberry Archery Center, the Easton Van Nuys Archery Center, plus ranges in various locations in California, and coaching programs for archery instructors at various park and recreation programs throughout the country.
The Foundation hosted the 2012 Archery World Cup in Ogden, Utah, its fourth year hosting a World Cup event, as well as the Gator Cup in Florida.
A highlight of the year was the Foundation’s signing of an agreement with the USOC to provide funding for a new archery center and housing at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.
The Easton Foundations’ aim is to keep archery a viable part of the sporting culture in communities across the United States. Founded during the 1984 Olympics by Jim Easton, the founder and former CEO of Easton Sports, Inc, the Foundation actively works to introduce the sport of archery to communities across the country. It supports the training of aspiring archers, trainers, coaches, and administrators and building of indoor archery facilities at city parks, schools, universities and sports complexes.
I wish to thank the Easton Foundations for supporting James throughout the process of upgrading the archery range at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire.
Replacing the Archery Range at Bear Brook has been a wonderful experience for our whole Family. (hard work, but fun!) Without your assistance, James would not have replaced the entire archery range.
Here is a photo of James (Jim) and his brother John at the Bear Brook State Park Archery Range displaying one of the targets that was built.
The Bear Brook Archery Range Improvements presentation created by the New Hampshire Fish & Game Hunter Education Department was shown at their BOD meeting by the Hunter Ed director (Laura Ryder) to inform them of what James accomplished. We were all very busy working at the various targets in small groups (10 hours in the rain the first day). I think the only time we were all in one place was at lunch.
James can tell you the total number of hours worked (~1342 hours?) and the total number of people who helped as it’s all part of his Eagle Project Workbook. (some folks were from local Archery Club – Granite State Bowhunters, The F&G Hunter Ed Department had one guy who’s help was tremendous, Josh MacKay!)
The power point shows that the New Hampshire Fish and Game – Hunter Ed, puts the value on his project (with donations, volunteer labor and hours worked, etc.) at about $23,000. They are thrilled. They thought the Archery Range upgrade was going to require a 5-year plan.
“We started on the Porter’s Road, and I became worried because I didn’t think that I was going fast enough. About three weeks ago the Easton Foundations approved a really generous grant for us to build two more vehicles. Without their support we would not even be able to attempt our Kilimanjaro climb.”
The Ann Hoyt/Jim Easton JOAD Grant is made possible by archery legend, Ann Hoyt and current supporter of youth archery, Jim Easton. Through contributions from the Ann Hoyt Legacy Fund and the Easton Sports Development Foundation, JOAD Clubs can request funds for items such as, target butts, stands, archery equipment, general supplies and coaching certification.
This grant is donated monies administered by USA Archery and for specific purposes. This grant IS NOT a loan. The money granted does not have to be repaid. This is “FREE” money, however, is not without cost. Grantees (USAA JOAD Clubs) are required to plan programs, submit grant proposals, respond to inquiries, keep scrupulous records of finances and program participants, and produce written reports to the grantor (USAA) on finances, program goals, and accomplishments.
Type of Grants Available From USAA – USA Archery will give out grants that will benefit USAA JOAD Clubs in good standing. These grants can be used for target butts, stands, archery equipment, general supplies and coach certifications.
Grant requests SHOULD NOT exceed $5,000. Applicants DO NOT NEED TO BE a qualified 501(c)(3) organization in order to receive funding; however, they do need to be an active JOAD club in good standing. Requests may be submitted at any time. USAA will review grants once a quarter. Applications will be reviewed March 1st, June 1st, September 1st, December 1st. Applications must be submitted at least 15 days prior to these deadlines in order to be considered during the upcoming review.
How To Apply for a USAA JOAD Grant: Grant proposals must be submitted via email to Diane Watson at email@example.com. The supporting applicant qualification materials and documents should be mailed to:
TO BE QUALIFIED: USAA JOAD clubs must meet the following conditions and submit the following material:
Must be an active USAA JOAD club in good standing
Must submit a completed application
Must submit with the application a list of the club’s members and coaches and the certification level of the coaches involved in the program.
A list of the key sources of revenue for the club and amounts received during the last year.
Any supplemental information or material examples provided in addition to the proposal that will help the Committee evaluate the applicant’s club or specific proposal will be accepted.
USAA Grant Review and Selection Process: Proposals will be evaluated by the JOAD Committee and USAA staff or their designee(s). Successful applicants will be notified within 10 days of acceptance.
Project Completion and Satisfaction of Performance: The grant agreement with the successful applicant shall contain contractual provisions requiring the grantee to verify actual disbursements from their program for approved expenses. Grant terms and conditions will allow for administrative, contractual, or legal remedies in instances in which the club violates or breaches the grant terms, and shall provide for appropriate remedial actions.
A portion, 10-25% of the approved Grant amount, may be withheld by USAA and paid to the Grantee after successful completion of the project and submission of the final approved report of costs.
ESDF is partnering directly with NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) and other groups to help fund schools that are interested in NASP. If your school is interested in running NASP please contact your local state representative (find yours at www.nasparchery.com). Please note that beginning July 1st, 2011 ESDF will no longer process requests for NASP funding directly from the schools, all requests will need to go through the state representatives.
August 23, 2010 – The Easton Foundations (EF®) has partnered with the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) to accelerate the already tremendous growth rate of this popular school archery effort. In May, NASP® announced the establishment of its first equipment grant program to help new NASP® schools. Contributors cooperated to provide $150,000 for this purpose. Donors also include:
Shikar-Safari Club International
Army National Guard
Easton Technical Products
Morrell, Field Logic, and Rinehart Targets
BCY & Brownell arrow curtains
National Wild Turkey Federation
Safari Club, and the Mule Deer Foundation.
This week EF® added $150,000 to the grant fund. Thanks to EF®, twice as many new schools from each of the 47 NASP® states and 5 NASP® provinces may receive assistance to start their archery classes.
Once educators at a prospect school learn about NASP®, the next biggest obstacle to bringing archery instruction to their students is the purchase of the archery equipment kit. Thanks to very cooperative pricing by NASP® suppliers, the equipment kit costs a school far less than its retail value. Even so, the expense is around $3,000 to outfit a school’s Physical Education archery class of 24-36 students. NASP’s equipment specifications are highly standardized in every school world-wide. Each school uses the same bow and arrow. The Genesis by Mathews Archery is a high quality universal-fit compound bow designed for sharing among several student archers. The Genesis arrow was specifically designed by Easton Technical Products to be safe, durable, and effective for the archery student. This principle of every student using the same equipment in archery class makes certain the focus of student learning is on mastering the process of safe and proper shooting. If different types of equipment were used the teacher’s role would be more complicated, NASP®’s perfect safety record could be impacted, and the student’s mastery of how to shoot could be short-circuited.
Most of the more than 7,500 schools that have joined the program to date have been able to purchase their equipment with little help from outside sources. However, many schools are not able to raise this money without assistance. Some of these schools raise money locally among civic organizations, conservation clubs or chapters such as the National Wild Turkey Foundation or Safari Club International. Innovative teachers also enlist the aid of parents to hold fund raising events to raise money for the equipment. In many NASP® jurisdictions the fish and wildlife conservation agency provides grants to help schools with purchase of their initial archery equipment kit.
To help alleviate financial barriers we at NASP® are excited about this doubling of our equipment grants program from the $150,000 we announced in May to $300,000 today. The generosity of the Easton Foundations® (EF®) has made this possible. EF® is a non-profit foundation established by James L. Easton for the purpose of training and developing a pool of world class archers able to compete at the highest levels. The strategy used to accomplish the Foundation’s purpose is the creation or support of programs to develop archers at many levels in order to strengthen and deepen the available talent pool. “The Easton Foundations have supported NASP® Schools for a number of years with equipment grants directly to the schools, our additional support of the NASP® School Equipment Grant Program allows us to support even more schools and leverage the great work of the NASP® organization and State Coordinators”, commented Greg Easton from the Easton Foundations. For more about the Easton Foundations visit www.eastonfoundations.org
This grant offer is popular with coordinators who run NASP® in their respective states. Timmy Thomas, who directs Alaska NASP® commented, “Offering the grants to schools is a major boost to the program. In Alaska we have a lot of very small schools and the price of a kit plus the large shipping bill is a huge issue. Some of my schools just could not afford this equipment without these generous grants. Offering these grants allows the Alaska program to grow at a much faster pace.” Likewise, Ray Metzler, Hunter Education Coordinator in Alabama offered, “Implementation of the program goes much quicker when our agency has been able to find outside funding to provide to schools as matching money. Schools must provide some of the money and generally are able to find about half of the funds required to purchase a kit without much problem. It seems to me … they have more pride in their program if they have a stake in the purchase of the equipment.”
The National Archery in the Schools Program® is in its 9th year. The original goal of establishing 120 schools and 24,000 students in a single state has been blown away as 1.5 million students from 47 statesand 5 countries now participate. If you would like to learn more about NASP® and how to help our nonprofit foundation bring the program to more students please check us out at: www.archeryintheschools.org or www.nasparchery.com
Easton Foundations give local students opportunities to experience archery.
Newberry, FLA, August 5, 2010 – Fulfilling its mission to introduce youth to the sport of Olympic Archery, the Easton Foundations have expanded its “Olympic Archery in the Schools” (OAS) program to Florida. The Foundations recently granted 20 Alachua County schools with $3,500 in archery equipment each, and trained 20 physical education teachers in how to instruct elementary and middle school aged youth in its OAS program. The Easton Foundations is planning to recruit up to 100 OAS school participants in Florida by the end of 2010.
Each teacher received a day-long USA Archery Basic Instructor Training Course that focused on range safety, recurve bow equipment, and how to teach archery to new archers. To strengthen each instructor’s archery knowledge, the Easton Foundations have enrolled each school in the USA Archery Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program. JOAD will provide teachers with continued access to certified archery instructors from the Easton Newberry Sports Complex facility for follow-up trainings, tournaments, and assessment of the programs effectiveness.
“Alachua County schools were initially chosen because of their proximity to the Easton Newberry Sports Complex which serve as the Foundations’ Florida headquarters,” said Easton Foundations Archery Head Coach Robert Romero, “The new OAS programs will run full steam in the fall and the proximity will help us to support each program’s success.”
The instructor-training course was taught by Romero at the new Easton Newberry Sports Complex, and Phil Graves, a USA Archery Level 3 coach from Tampa.
The OAS program originated in Southern California and is currently being implemented in over 50 schools in the region. In addition to the recent program expansion to Florida the Foundations currently have a pilot program in Denver, CO.
For more information about OAS in Florida, please contact Bob Romero at firstname.lastname@example.org,. For questions about The Easton Foundations, contact Executive Director Caren Sawyer at email@example.com.
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 indoor 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.
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