EASTON FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS

LANCASTER ARCHERY GETS ON BOARD WITH EASTON FOUNDATIONS TO SUPPORT THE SPORT OF ARCHERY

By Perry Smith

Through a partnership with Easton Sports Development Foundation, Lancaster Archery is fulfilling its mission of spreading support and resources for archery across the country, said Jared Weaver, sales manager for Lancaster Archery. “With us, it’s about improving the quality of the sport,” Weaver said. “We’re on board with (Easton Sports Development Foundation) wholeheartedly and we’re on board with whatever ventures they are involved in.”

Long an equipment destination for serious archers of all levels, the Pennsylvania-based Lancaster Archery also offers programs intended to help foster a new generation of archers through school partnerships supported by the Easton Foundations. Weaver has seen a rise in the sport’s popularity nationally with several high-profile media portrayals of archery, such as the “Hunger Games,” and it’s helped grow partnerships with schools like Rocky Heights Middle School in Colorado, which has the Nighthawk Archery program.

“Thanks to a generous grant from Easton Sports Development Foundation (ESDF) and Olympic Archery in Schools, we are the first middle school in Douglas County to develop an after-school Olympic style archery club,” according to the archery club’s website. With equipment from Weaver’s shop and support from the ESDF, the middle school is now a registered Junior Olympic Archery Development Club program with USA Archery and Colorado JOAD Club. The program means students involved with Nighthawk Archery are eligible to compete in JOAD competitions, as well as Olympic Archery in Schools competitions, which can mean opportunities for serious competition and potential scholarship opportunities for those who are successful. Rodney Graham and Dave Callaway are both teachers at Rocky Heights who became certified Level II archery instructors through USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association, and both coaches specialize in recurve archery. Their program emphasizes technique, safety and, of course, fun, they said.

La Jolla High School is another program supported by Lancaster Archery and the Easton Foundations, which is not far from the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. The school recently held a tournament for up-and-coming archers. While the cost of outfitting high-quality archery equipment can run into the thousands of dollars, retailers like Lancaster Archery who provide discounts to the OAS schools and generous grants from the Van Nuys-based Easton Sports Development Foundation, help keep the cost affordable. “We see ESDF as a huge part of archery right now — they’ve blessed the sport by being able to provide equipment,” he said, discussing how OAS Program Supervisor, Keaton Chia helped create a program and more equipment availability for students.

“Jim Easton’s goal is to support the sport and create opportunities for others to experience the challenge, enjoyment and satisfaction that can come from mastering a new sport,” said Kathy White, Easton’s executive assistant, “especially a family-oriented one that also offers fun and competition.”

In that respect, Lancaster Archery’s goals match up perfectly with ESDF’s, making for an ideal partnership, Weaver said. “Our goal is to grow and improve the sport of archery as a whole and to recruit new members to the sport, whether it’s youth, young adults — anybody really, we promote it as a family sport,” he said. “It’s also an individual sport, so each person is responsible for their own success, and it’s a great sport to support growth in kids, as well.”

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.

Kevin Eldredge Hired as Director of Archery for the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center

From:  Caren Sawyer, Executive Director

Salt Lake City, UT—Easton Sports Development Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Kevin Eldredge as the Director of Archery for the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kevin, who is a certified Level 4 Coach through USA Archery, will be responsible for the Easton Foundations regional archery activities.  As Director of Archery for the Center, Kevin will report directly to Robert Romero, Director of Coaching.  Kevin will be responsible for the management and growth of the Salt Lake Center including promoting archery classes, seminars, programs, events and the development of new ideas to support archery in the Salt Lake area.

Utah is home to Kevin, he is originally from Roosevelt, UT and currently resides in Hatch, UT; he will be relocating to Salt Lake City to be closer to the center. He is married to Annie and they have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.  Kevin is, of course, passionate about archery plus he is also very involved in his church and community. He has been the Mayor of Hatch, UT; the President of the Southern Utah Officials Association; and is certified as an advanced EMT. Kevin owns his own small business and has also helped start up other successful corporate entities.

Kevin brings his extensive experience to the new Easton Salt Lake Archery Center and will help the Foundations build on its network of training facilities that will support the growth of archery activities and strengthen our future Olympic archery teams. Kevin has been involved with USA Archery as an international competitor, National Champion, Past Board vice president, past JOAD Committee chairman, and coach and team leader at numerous Jr. and Sr. World Championships.  He has also coached numerous World Champions and world record holders.

“I am very pleased to have Kevin as part of the new Easton Salt Lake Archery Center, stated Greg Easton, President of the Easton Foundations.  Kevin was an integral part of the team that made the Ogden World Cup events such a success and I look forward to his leadership in creating a world class event and training archery center here in Salt Lake City.”

“Kevin would be a tremendous asset to any organization, we are fortunate to have him join our family. His skill in the sport in both compound and recurve archery, his international experience as coach and team leader, along with his positive attitude and event organization experience, make him the perfect fit to head up our new Salt Lake Archery Center” stated Don Rabska, V.P. Easton Foundations.

Kevin expressed his excitement at joining the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center “When I heard I had been selected as the Director for the Easton Foundation Salt Lake Archery Center I was absolutely ecstatic!

What a great opportunity to work in a prestigious environment of a sport that I so dearly love.  My dream career has come to fruition and I now have the tools, through the creation of this state of the art Archery Complex, to help provide the best instruction, training and camaraderie to athletes and coaches throughout the world.

I anticipate this venue helping to develop many World-class archers as well as providing opportunities for young archery enthusiasts.  It will become an institution of high-level instruction for coaches throughout the United States and other countries and provide a friendly environment to all those who come to play and learn.”

Robert Romero, Director of Coaching stated, “We’re very fortunate to have Kevin head up the new Easton Salt Lake Center.  Kevin’s experience and years of working with USA Archery makes him a perfect fit to work with the Easton Foundations and the Center.  With the knowledge and experience that Kevin brings to the table, I am totally confident that the future of our Salt Lake facility is in very good hands”

Kevin will be moving to Salt Lake to oversee the installation of the archery training equipment, and the finishing of the outdoor range.  The Easton Salt Lake Archery Center is scheduled to open to the public in Spring 2014.

 

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.

 

Spotlight on St. Michael’s Preparatory School

By Keaton Chia

St. Michaels Prep

 

Archery has provided a unique learning opportunity for the students at St. Michael’s Preparatory School in Silverado, CA.  Father Charbel, who was trained at the Easton Van Nuys Archery Center, has used archery as a chance to teach his students both a new skill and Biblical lessons.    Archery is a precision sport and it requires strong character traits such as focus, patience, perseverance, and self-awareness.  The sport is also an apt metaphor for many life and spiritual lessons.

“We are thankful for the Easton Foundation’s generosity and I am especially thankful as the Dean of Students than we can offer such a wonderful alternative to video games and electronics. Archery has allowed our students to learn a new art and experience the thrill of shooting arrows and growing in concentration, focus and relaxation,” says Father Charbel.

 

 

USA Archery and National Field Archery Association Launch Live Coach Locator

USA Archery LogoColorado Springs, CO – USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association has launched a live, interactive Coach Locator service that will allow visitors to locate a certified archery instructor or coach near them. Click here to access the Coach Locator.

The service is linked through an online Certification Management System, which facilitates shared instructor and coach certification data for USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association.

Certified coaches and instructors can opt out of being listed in the Coach Locator by logging into the Management System, and clicking the opt-out checkbox at the bottom of the page on the “Main Info” tab.

“We are very excited to offer this service to the public as well as to certified instructors and coaches,” explained Denise Parker, USA Archery CEO. “By offering a live, interactive Coach Locator, we can ensure that people who are interested in participating in archery are able to quickly and easily find coaching support.”

Instructors and coaches with questions are encouraged to contact Certification Coordinator Jo Chouinard at 719-866-3451 (MT) or via email at jchouinard@usarchery.org.

Two Newberry Archers Selected to USAA Junior Dream Team

Newberry Archers 2Two students of the Easton Newberry Archery Center have been selected to the 2013 USA Archery Junior Dream Team (JDT), which consists of 24 of the most promising junior and cadet Olympic style archers in the country.

Cub recurve archer, Ryan Oliver, and cadet recurve archer, Chris Francis, were chosen to the Junior Dream Team. The team was developed to bridge the gap between Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) and the Resident Athlete Program in an effort to fast track those archers who show early potential. The program’s former students include Olympians, several World Archery Youth Championships Team Members, and USA Archery Resident Athletes. 

“It is such an honor,” said Oliver. “It has always been my goal to make the JDT and it feels great to have finally accomplished that goal.”

Oliver’s 2012 competition resumé was one reason he was selected. He collected 22 gold medals in 26 events at the club, state and national level. The highlight of his season came in June, when he defended his 2011 title by winning the gold medal in the Olympic MALE Cub Recurve       division at the Easton JOAD Nationals in Hamilton, Ohio.

Oliver, 13, has been taking classes at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex since it opened in 2009.

“The center is less than a mile from my house, so I can ride my bike there,” said Oliver. “Having a facility so close makes it very easy to train. I started taking weekly classes with Coach Bob Romero at the center once it opened. That is where I first started learning about the NTS (National Training System).

“I started competing at the end of the JOAD tournaments. My first FITA (Federation of International Target Archery) was in June 2010 at the Sunshine State Games where I shot 144 arrows in temperatures over 100 degrees. That was the first state level gold medal I earned. Since that time, I have shot tens of thousands of arrows, and I now I take classes with Coach Robert Turner.”

Under his current training regimen, Oliver shoots 600-700 arrows a week, along with Special Physical Training (SPT) and cardio training. Now that he is a member of the Junior Dream Team, he expects his physical training to intensify. And his mental approach to the sport of archery is pretty simple:

“You have to forget about the bad shots and focus on making the next one better,” said Oliver. “When you make a good shot, you try to make your next one the same.”

Oliver was not the only Newberry Archery Center athlete to make the Junior Dream Team. Chris Francis, 17, was also selected to the team.

“Since I haven’t been competing very long, I didn’t really expect to get on the Junior Dream Team,” said Francis. “I think it’s great to be in that company. I’m excited about getting to work with the coaches and being part of a great team.”

Francis only recently became interested in the sport of archery and began training at the Easton Newberry Sports Complex.

“I started taking archery classes about two years ago,” said Francis. “I became interested because my brothers and sisters were taking archery classes, and I’ve always enjoyed shooting sports.” 

In the 2012 season, which was Francis’s first year in which he competed on the state, regional and national level, he ended up placing in the middle of the Cadet Male Recurve division in national and regional tournaments.

“I was pleased with my finishes,” said Francis. “Although naturally, I want to do better. My division is one of the largest divisions at the national level, so I thought that placing in the middle was pretty good for my first time competing. However, my scores have gotten better over the past several months and I hope to place much higher next year.”

After placing first in all of the state tournaments that Francis competed in, as well as currently holding six state records, he is working hard to improve on the regional and national level. He believes the Junior Dream Team will help him accomplish that.

“I currently practice about four days a week and take two classes a week,” said Francis. “I also do exercises and strength training. As a member of the team, I will have to keep a training log and meet with a coach once a month using Skype, so I think that will help me to be consistent in my training.

“Taking classes at the Newberry Archery Center has helped me learn how to shoot and also helped me to improve my skills. The coaches at the center, other experienced archers I have met, and my mom have all helped me to improve my shooting skills. Additionally, all of the tournaments that the Center hosts have helped me to gain experience in competitive target archery.”

Mid-year OAS Survey

The fall semester is wrapping up quickly!  We have had a lot of fun with all of you especially during our workshops.  It was really neat to see both students and coaches working on their form and learning more about the National Training System.  Our annual Mail-in Tournament is down to its last couple of weeks, so we are excited to see how that wraps up.  Will our winners from last year be able to defend their titles?

To help us evaluate this last semester, each school must complete the following Mid-year OAS Survey.  Again your feedback is really important to us so we appreciate your time filling this out.

The Easton Foundations Opens Archery Center in Van Nuys, CA

The Easton Foundations has opened its latest archery center, located in Van Nuys, CA on 15026 Oxnard Street, just minutes from its corporate office. The Easton Van Nuys Archery Center is the second of the Easton Foundation run centers, which also includes the Easton Newberry Sports Complex in Newberry, FL. It is part of a system of archery centers that the Foundation is funding, which also includes the Easton Foundation Archery Center in Yankton, SD, a joint program with the NFAA (National Field Archery Association) and the John and Marnie Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center at Michigan State University (MSU).

“The new Easton Van Nuys Archery Center is a fabulous facility and well adapted as an archery complex. Our vision for the center is to develop programs and opportunities for a variety of coaching courses, from beginning to elite, as well as coach and archer training opportunities. As we continue to grow the sport, especially among youth, we will need many more qualified coaches and archery facilities to handle the influx of new archers. The centers The Easton Foundations are developing are a strong and positive step in that direction. ” said Don Rabska, VP of Programs and a member of the Board of Directors.

The Van Nuys center is already home to a local JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) Club and is well utilized by archers from UCLA and California State University, Northridge for practice and training. The facility is also the center for the Foundations’ OAS (Olympic Archery in Schools) Program and a league night on Thursdays. The center will be adding new programs in the near future as well. The facility also hosts coaching courses and currently has coaches and students of various levels training to improve their archery skills.

“The Easton Van Nuys Archery Center is a great resource for OAS. From its start we have been using it for coach and archer training as well as for OAS competitions,” said Keaton Chia, OAS Program Supervisor, “The center has everything we need including a classroom, areas for parents to watch, and a beautiful indoor archery range. The range is fully equipped to host competitions and is also perfect for training archers and coaches. We have targets setup at 18 meters as well as at a shorter distance which is great for archers working on their form and technique. The center is also outfitted with large mirrors and other training aids. I am excited that this resource is available to our schools and youth. I look forward to the many events we will be holding at the center and for the impact it will make on the community.”

This new facility includes a 12 lane, back to back 18 meter and 7 meter indoor range, eating and viewing area for guests and conference/training room as well as offices and a warehouse.

The training center will be open to archers and coaches involved in JOAD, OAS and other programs. Interested parties should contact Idida Briones at (818) 901-0127 ext. 202 or ibriones@esdf.org.

For more information on the Easton Foundations, a full listing of our programs, grant recipients, and / or information on the grant selection process please go to our website at www.ESDF.org or contact Ms. Idida Briones at (818) 787-2800 ext. 202 or via email at ibriones@esdf.org

Media Contact: Caren Sawyer at (818) 901-0127

Picture Credits:  Fran Bliley at (818) 901-0127