EASTON FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS

EASTON FOUNDATIONS VAN NUYS ARCHERY CENTER TO CLOSE

Van Nuys, CA
December 14, 2016

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, Inc. Makes Donation to the Easton Sports Development Foundation

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.

Read more:  https://www.bridgestoneamericas.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2016/bridgestone-supporting-six-organizations-personally-selected-by-olympic-and-paralympic-athletes

 

The Easton Archery Center of Excellence receives award from the City of Chula Vista

Don Rabska, VP of the Easton Foundations with Mary Salas, the Mayor of Chula Vista
Don Rabska, VP of the Easton Foundations receives award from Mary Salas, the Mayor of Chula Vista

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.

PILLA OFFERS SPECIAL PRICING ON THEIR MASK LENS AT OVER 50% OFF THE ORIGINAL PRICE

Pilla MaskPILLA 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 erikarajones@gmail.com for further details.

Easton, Thank You

girl-scouts-wyoming4Hello, 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.

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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.

Featured Athlete – Paul Tedford

By Perry Smith

Paul Tedford3Paul Tedford was never really into traditional team sports, per se. But he remembers his interest being piqued in the bow and arrow after his mom took him to a shop in their central Montana hometown.

It was the summer of his fifth grade, and he and his four brothers were looking for an outlet.

“We were in need of something to do that summer,” the 26-year-old Great Falls resident said. “Our Mom took us down to the archery shop, and we were interested. We got set up and started shooting right away.”

By about a year later, Tedford, who’s now competing for one of only four spots on the U.S. Archery Men’s Compound Team, was entering into state tournaments. Tedford loved archery, but also the competitive aspect, trying to best someone on the range, was a thrill for him.

“Just the fact of trying to win something from somebody better than me — that was an experience for me,” he said. “From that day on, I just thought the competition side of archery was really cool, and I wanted to learn more about it.”

He fondly recalls that first tournament with a laugh, an experience he says he “totally bombed.” He was having equipment issues he didn’t even know about. He was completely nervous. But it was still a fun learning experience. “My whole arrow rest came loose, and I didn’t even notice until the end,” he said. “It was kinda funny.”

Paul TedfordOver the last 15 years, his skills have improved and his nerves have calmed some, but he felt like he didn’t hit a breakthrough moment for his archery career until this past season, when he was competing in the U.S. Open. He ended up in second, but he competed against his traveling companion and friend, Tate Morgan, who also hails from Central Montana. The experience of knowing he qualified for a guaranteed medal spot for the first time was one he will not soon forget, he said. “Basically, it just gives you the confidence to know that now you’re one of the top guys,” Tedford said. “That podium in Alabama for the U.S. Open really was a massive boost in my confidence, just to know that I can compete with those guys and that I belong up there with them.”

There have been two other more recent adjustments to his technique and strategy that have made a big difference, he said. One was switching to the lighter Easton arrows, which has helped his score, and the other is two supplements he created — Provision and Profocus — which are supplements he engineered with the help of a manufacturer, and he now sells them online, as well. His new part-time supplement business keeps him busy when he’s not shooting professionally, he said.

“I take it every day, the vitamin for your eyes is just good in general, and the focus one I take every day just to help with my practice,” he said. “What really brought it out is for a lot of years I would look for something that would help me cut down on my nerves — everyone gets nervous,” he said.

As far as upcoming goals, making the US Compound squad, and at his final tournament of the season in Ohio at the end of the month, he’d like to pick up his first gold this season.

“I’d like to win a USA Archery event, and this one coming up in Ohio is my last chance, he said. “In the U.S. Open I came in second, which was great,” he said, “but I’d still like to take first.”

2016 Angel City Games

The Angel City Games features Adaptive Sports Clinics, Competition and Special Events for Athletes of All Ages and Ability Levels.  The Easton Foundations provided an archery range and staff for the participants to try archery.

Dear Easton Foundations:

Angel City GamesWe, at Angel City Sports, want to sincerely thank you for taking your time to help with the new archery clinic during the Angel City Games. Your participation was integral to the success of the clinic and we had amazing feedback from the athletes and their families. For many of our athletes, it was their first experience with archery and they continuously sang praises about the coaches who made it possible.

Jennyfer Oh
Angel City Sports

For more information on the Angel City Sports visit http://angelcitysports.org/2016-angel-city-games/

 

 

 

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Keeping Folks Hungry for Archery

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Story by Lisa Deaderick; Photo by Eduardo Contreras

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Keaton Chia and his sister always wanted to try medieval sports like fencing, archery and jousting.   They were big fans of “Lord of the Rings” movies and local Scottish games that highlighted archery. “The skill and artistry required to master the bow and arrow fascinated us”, he recalls.     Read more….. 

 

LA84 Hosts 500 Young Athletes for Olympic Day 2016

Olympic DayFive hundred young athletes participated in Los Angeles’ Olympic Day 2016 celebration Thursday, hosted by the LA84 Foundation and LA 2024. Inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the main site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, youth from across LA took part in nine Olympic and Paralympic sports while learning from Olympians, LA84 grantee programs, and local sport and adaptive programs. The event was cosponsored by Nike and the Foundation for Global Sports Development, and saw the participants take part in a celebratory ceremony and lighting of the Olympic flame before proceeding onto the Coliseum field to rotate through the sports stations. The ceremony featured LA84 President & CEO Renata Simril, LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman, LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans and five children symbolizing each Olympic ring.

“LA84 was excited to provide young athletes in Southern California the opportunity to participate in and embrace a variety of sports during Olympic Day,” said Simril. “These youth can take the experiences and lessons of Olympic Day to empower themselves in all their endeavors. The spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the values they instill have provided countless young Americans with lifelong growth through the power of play, and this event continues that tradition.”

Archery, badminton, fencing, gymnastics, rowing, rugby, soccer, volleyball and Paralympic sitting volleyball were the nine sports set up inside the stadium. The youth also expressed their spirit by writing letters to Team USA athletes taking part in the Rio Olympic Games in August.

The celebration was a part of Olympic Day 2016, which saw a record-setting 2,120 events across the nation according to United States Olympic Committee projections. The event encouraged young athletes to promote the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect while carrying out the three pillars of Olympic Day: Move, Learn and Discover.

“It’s awesome to be here giving back to the kids,” said three-time Olympian in badminton Howard Bach, who led an on-field workshop. “Seeing the smiles on all the kids’ faces makes it worth every minute.”

The LA84 Foundation has proudly carried out the Olympic spirit, working in underserved communities to create equal opportunities in youth sports as a testament to the 1984 Games and Southern California’s commitment to Olympic sport.

“The Olympics are in LA’s DNA,” LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said. “Eighty-eight percent of Angelenos support bringing the Games back to the City of Angels in 2024. As a city and as the committee working to bring back the Games to the US for the first time in 28 years, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity to host the US flagship celebration of the Olympic Movement at the iconic LA Memorial Coliseum.”

“As a city with a ready-made connection to youth culture, Olympic Day is a unique opportunity to get a taste of what it means to inspire the next generation around the positive and powerful values of sport and Olympism,” LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans said.

About the LA84 Foundation

As a legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games, the LA84 Foundation continues to be a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sport programs and elevating the importance of sports in positive youth development. LA84 seeks to provide an opportunity for every child to participate in sports and experience the wide range of positive outcomes associated with youth sport participation. Since its launch in 1985, LA84 has invested millions in the communities that supported the Games, reaching more than 3 million youth throughout Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego County. The LA84 Foundation continues to promote the spirit of the 1984 Olympic Games by convening and engaging local, national and international audiences about the role of sport in society, and the impact of the Olympic Games on host cities, especially as we look ahead to the 2024 Games.  LA84’s headquarters is located in the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles, where it houses meeting facilities and the world’s premier sports library. For more information, please visit www.la84.org.

Article reposted from LA84 press release June 24, 2016

Jim Easton Honored by State of Utah – Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Jim Easton has led a life devoted to the pursuit of high performance in sports. As a businessman, archer and philanthropist, Jim has spent his life working to improve and maximize the human sporting experience.  His legacy of excellence was the highlight of the 2016 Governor’s State of Sport Awards.  Jim was awarded the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala, which was held on May 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City.

The annual Governor’s State of Sport Awards celebrate Utah’s sports industry, and honors excellence in high school, amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional sports for the prior calendar year.  Athletes, teams, coaches and sporting highlights in 9 categories were awarded at the event held by the Utah Sports Commission and Governor Herbert.