Easton Foundation and NFAA Foundation Award $20,000 Archery Scholarships

Yankton, SD, June 2009—Easton Sports Development Foundation and the National Field Archery Association Foundation are pleased to announce the Archery Scholarship Recipients for 2009. Total scholarships of $20,000 were awarded to 20 student athletes in middle school, high school, and college that compete with either compound or recurve bows. Individual scholarship awards varied from $500 to $5,000, with the top award going to Erika Anschutz of Hamilton, Ohio.

“Erika started competing when she was seven years old and she has excelled at all levels of archery from her first JOAD experience to her current status as a top member of the USA Archery World Team. We are very pleased to award Erika our top scholarship award for 2009. She is an outstanding example of an athlete committed to excellence in archery while also earning her degree at the University of Nebraska,” stated Bruce Cull, President NFAA.

Erika Anschutz stated, “I learned very early in archery that a disciplined effort, sharp mental focus, and hard work were critical for me to succeed from my first JOAD tournaments to the most recent National and International archery competitions. Archery has helped me to develop the skills needed to not only compete successfully, but to also succeed in my personal and scholastic efforts. I want to thank the Easton and NFAA Foundations for recognizing me with their top scholarship award in 2009.”

The NFAA Scholarship program started in 1990 to support student athletes that compete in archery and excel in academic and intellectual achievement. Funding limitations in the past limited the value and number of scholarships that could be awarded each year. “The Easton Foundation shares the NFAA Foundation goal to support student athletes that compete in archery. Additional collegiate scholarships will help USA Archery grow their college archery program and strengthen future Olympic and World Championship Teams. By combining our respective Foundation efforts, we can award more student scholarships in the future, and individual scholarship levels will be increased to more significant amounts. In 2009, $20,000 was awarded to twenty of the 58 applicants. We expect a major increase in the number of applications in future years, and plan to increase the level of total annual scholarship awards to $50,000 in 2010,” said Erik Watts, Director Easton Foundation.

The 2009-11 scholarships are funded by a $150,000 grant from the Easton Foundation to the Easton-NFAA Foundation Scholarship Program. Future revenue from the Easton Foundation Archery Center of Excellence in Yankton, plus the scholarship donations from both individuals and companies will be placed in an endowment account to fund the scholarships in 2012 and beyond.

Dave Gordon, of Gordon Composites, has made a substantial contribution to the scholarship endowment fund. Dave stated, “Archery has been a big part of both my personal and business success. My contribution to the Easton-NFAA Foundation Scholarship program allows me to give back to the sport I love, and to award our very best archers and student athletes for their success in both archery and scholastic efforts. I encourage everyone that shares my passion for archery and desire to support our young archers to make their own donation to the scholarship program.” Individuals or companies interested in donating to the scholarship endowment fund or learning more about the program are encouraged to contact Bruce Cull, NFAA President. The NFAA Foundation is a 501(c )3 Public Charity and all donations meet the IRS requirements as charitable donations.

Scholarship applications, program requirements, and additional information is available on the NFAA website at www.nfaa-archery.org, or from the NFAA Headquarters, 800 Archery Lane, Yankton, SD 57078. All applications for 2010 scholarships must be submitted to the NFAA Office by December 31, 2009. For additional information contact Marihelen Rogers, Executive Director, at 605-260-9279 Ext. 102 or at NFAAArchery@aol.com.

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Easton Sports Development Foundation Donates $200,000 to Grow Archery and Bowhunting

MINNEAPOLIS, May 1, 2009 – The Easton Sports Development Foundation (ESDF) presented the Archery Trade Association (ATA) with a check for $200,000 to support the group’s efforts to grow archery and bowhunting through the Community Archery Program.

The $200,000 gift was presented at the ATA’s board of directors meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., April 21-22.

“We understand the importance of not only introducing our sport to others, but also expanding participation opportunities for archery,” said Greg Easton, a director of the Easton Foundations and president of Easton Technical Products, Inc. Mr. Easton also serves on the ATA Board as vice chair. “The ATA has been effective in developing community-based programs to grow archery and the support from the Easton Foundation will help to expand these efforts.”

The goal of ESDF is to promote the sport of archery and develop Olympic hopefuls at a grassroots level and continue these efforts through college and university programs. The organization is also a catalyst in the development of archery as a mainstream sport and promotes growth at the state, regional and national level.

“Through generous funding from groups like the Easton Sports Development Foundation, we believe we can build archery shooting facilities and archery programs that are very much a part of communities around the country,” said Michelle Doerr, the ATA’s director of archery and bowhunting programs.

Thanks in part to the ATA’s concept of Community Archery Programs (CAP) and support from groups like ESDF, the ATA expects archery facilities to open in East Lansing, Mich. and Juneau, Alaska this summer. In both areas, the ATA has also worked with state agency to fund and initiate introductory archery programs in the immediate area around the facilities. These onthe- ground archery success stories will showcase how archery can be incorporated into all aspects of the community – schools, recreation programs and facilities. Then, through strong partnerships, resources are combined in collaborative efforts.

The Community Archery Program promotes NASP as a key introduction to archery in schools, works to make archery available in local community recreation programs and funds the shooting facilities all archers need to participate in shooting year round. Since 2004, the ATA has provided funding totaling approximately $884,000– including grants provided through CAP – to initiate the National Archery in the Schools program in the United States, Canada and Australia. It has also contributed nearly $960,000 in Community Archery Program grants, equipment and direct aid to state wildlife agencies to grow archery and expand bowhunting opportunities.
For more information about the ATA’s efforts to grow archery and bowhunting, please contact Michelle Doerr at michelledoerr@archerytrade.org or call (320) 562-2680.

About CAP:The Community Archery Program (CAP), developed in 2005, was designed by the ATA as a four-pronged approach to grow archery and bowhunting participation. The ATA provides funds, expertise, equipment and targets to support state wildlife agencies to lead the CAP initiative and for local communities to develop and manage archery parks and school and after school programs. CAP promotes NASP as a key introduction to archery, works to make the sport available through the After School Archery Program (ASAP) in local community recreation programs and funds the development of shooting facilities all archers need to participate in shooting year round. The fourth leg of the initiative is a supporting role provided by local archery shops, clubs and organizations..

About the ATA: Since 1953, ATA has been the trade association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, sales representatives and others working in the archery and bowhunting industry. ATA is dedicated to making the archery and bowhunting industry profitable by decreasing business overhead, reducing taxes and government regulation and by increasing participation in archery and bowhunting. ATA owns and manages the ATA Trade Show, the archery and bowhunting industry’s longest running and largest trade show worldwide.

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Easton Announces a One Million Dollar Donation to Support Archery

Salt Lake City, Utah, December 2006 ⎯ FITA’s International Archery Development Foundation (FIDTA, Fondation Internationale de Développement du Tir À L’Arc) received a one million dollar donation from Jas. D. Easton, Inc., (Easton) to support the development of archery around the globe. The gift will provide athletic scholarships, material support, coaching seminars and special programs; and also will allow young archers from countries with developing archery programs to take part in the Junior World Archery Championships. Easton has committed to donate an additional $500,000 in matching funds to FIDTA. Dr. Ugur Erdener, President of FITA said, “FITA would like to deeply thank Jim Easton for this exceptional gesture. This is another one of many in his long-time involvement in sports, which features the positions of: Mayor of the UCLA Athletes’ Village and the Commissioner of Archery at the 1984 Olympic Games, President of FITA from 1989 until 2005, IOC Member since 1994, and IOC Vice President from 2002 to 2006.”

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