Florida Sports Foundation awards Easton Gator Cup Best Mid-Market Event of the Year for 2016

The Florida Sports Foundation (FSF), the state’s leading sports promotion and development organization, presented six awards to recognize Florida communities and sports commissions for their outstanding efforts in sports tourism in the State of Florida.  The events were awarded or held between April 1, 2016 and April 15, 2017.

Mid-Market Event of the Year:  Easton Gator Cup, Newberry, Gainesville Sports Commission.

While this is an annual local created event, what made the 2016 event special was winning the bid to host the USA Olympic Team Trials as the last chance for men and women to qualify in the US to go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.   During the Olympic Trials the top 8 men and women were eliminated down to the top 4, a 3 person team with one alternate archer.  This was not only great marketing for the local community but also for the State of Florida to host an Olympic Qualifier before Rio.  Over 600 people attended the five-day Gator Cup Tournament and Olympic Team Trial.  Over 80% of participants were from out-of-state and over 95% of participants were from out-of county with 38 states represented and archers from Canada, Trinidad and Bermuda.  1,138 room nights were produced with over $175,000 direct hotel impact and a direct Economic impact of $452,067.

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August 2016 Newsletter

By Eric Blalock

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Over Memorial Day weekend the Easton Newberry Archery Center hosted its largest tournament of the year, the 7th Annual Gator Cup. During the Gator Cup we saw 417 archers from all over the country, and some internationally, participate in USA Archery’s 3rd USAT event of the year. Immediately following the Gator Cup, our center was fortunate enough to host the third and final leg of the Olympic trials, where we saw Mackenzie Brown, Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Zach Garrett punch their tickets to Rio.


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Meghan Collins shooting in the Cadet Gold Medal match

Our program participants and members have shown plenty of resolve training through this Florida weather. Between the heat, humidity and thunderstorms they have found the time to put in the hours of training it takes to compete well on the national stage. During the 2016 Easton JOAD Nationals we saw seven of our program participants qualify in the top 10 of their divisions, and all together our program participants brought 11 medals home to Florida. Including three gold medals. We would like to congratulate Hazel (Rose) McCarty for receiving Grand Champion honors, as well as, Adam Heidt and Rebekah Lopez for receiving 2nd Grand Champions in their divisions.

We would like to wish the best of luck to Bethany Phillips as she travels to Iguazu, Argentina to compete in a world-ranking event. Bethany has been a coach for the Easton Newberry Archery Center programs for just over a year and half. She is currently on the Junior USAT team, and has worked extremely hard for her opportunities to compete on the world stage. We would also like to recognize two of our program participants, Hala Skelton and Thadrick Heaney, as they will be traveling to Canada to compete in the Canadian Target Championships as part of the Junior Dream Team. Last but not least, we want to wish luck to another program participant, Alex Gilliam, for qualifying in Yankton, South Dakota for the 2016 World Archery Field Championship in Dublin, Ireland. The championship is set to kick off on September 27th.


Aim True – Partnering for Performance

Story and Photography by Ray Carson

Sometimes it takes a partnership to create a project.  In 2008, the City of Newberry Parks and Recreation Department was tasked with a plan to create a sports park that would not only benefit local residents, but would also use sports tourism as an economic engine for the city.

As is often the case with small town government budgets, funding was limited.  The solution was to form a partnership with other entities that could share resources and funds to create the park.  Florida Fish and Wildlife donated land and the Easton Foundations provided additional funds and an archery facility.   Read more….

Easton Foundations Gator Cup and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Media Advisory:
Event: Easton Foundations Gator Cup and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery, final nomination shoot

Where: Easton Newberry Sports Complex – 24880 NW 16 Ave, Newberry, FL 32669

When: The Easton Foundations Gator Cup will take place May 26-28, immediately followed by the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery, final nomination shoot May 29-30.

What: The Easton Foundations Gator Cup is the second of four U.S. Archery Team (USAT) Qualifier Series Events of the 2016 season where archers earn valuable points towards a spot on the national team. The event will consist of official practice, a 72-arrow ranking round, and head-to-head elimination matches. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Archery, final nomination shoot is the last of a three-part trials process. The U.S. has qualified a full men’s team of three archers, and has earned one spot for our women. They will have one more chance to qualify a full team, and this Trials process will determine which archers are nominated to those slots to go to the Games in Rio.

Who: Top archers to watch include 2012 London Olympic Silver Medalists Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie and five-time Olympian and Olympic Bronze Medalist Khatuna Lorig, who also taught Jennifer Lawrence archery for her role as Katniss in the Hunger Games movies. Zach Garrett and Collin Klimitchek are the two youngest archers in the running for the men’s top 8, and both have a good shot with multiple recent international medals under their belts. Garrett invents his own archery equipment that he competes with, and Klimitchek is an avid adventure seeker and nature lover, which is how he found the sport of archery.

Mackenzie Brown leads the women’s field with a wide margin. Nicknamed the Girl on Fire, Brown narrowly missed the 2015 World Championship team, but then came back to suddenly win a spot on almost every major international podium for the remainder of the season. Currently ranked fourth in the world, Brown also won bronze at the Rio Test Event and is a strong contender for a medal this summer.

The top eight men stand as follows:

1. Brady Ellison (Globe, Arizona)
2. Zach Garrett (Wellington, Missouri)
3. Jake Kaminski (Gainesville, Florida)
4. Collin Klimitchek (Victoria, Texas)
5. Jacob Wukie (Fremont, Ohio)
6. Thomas Stanwood (Raynham, Massachusetts)
7. Daniel McLaughlin (West Chester, Ohio)
8. Sean McLaughlin (West Chester, Ohio)

The top eight women stand as follows:

1. Mackenzie Brown (Flint, Texas)
2. Hye Youn Park (Cupertino, California)
3. LaNola Pritchard (Lehi, Utah)
4. Ariel Gibilaro (North Branford, Connecticut)
5. Khatuna Lorig (West Hollywood, California)
6. Erin Mickelberry (Bothell, Washington)
7. Lauren Clamon (Chula Vista, California)
8. Heather Koehl (Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin)

Live updates as the Trials continue are available here. For more, follow USA Archery on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For any media questions or credential requests, please contact media@usarchery.org.

About USA Archery
USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States. For more information, visit http://www.usarchery.org.

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Sarah Bernstein/Public Relations

Updates from the Easton-Newberry Archery Center

By Carl Greene

The 2015 summer season has been exciting with approximately 75 participants continuing throughout the summer with camp and classes. With camps alone our staff coaches and office personnel have been super busy logging over 1316 total hours of individual camp experience. These experiences have included a trip to the University of Florida Sports research center and an introduction to proprioception training. Of these different training techniques one stood out as some had the privilege to go ‘Stand-up Paddle Boarding on the Santa Fe River.’ The three-hour river trip on SUP’s was a big hit among archers on a hot Florida evening. These camps have been fun and inspirational to many. Archers never considered how much something like Stand Up Paddle Boarding complemented an archer’s posture and body awareness. We look forward to seeing these young athletes in the coming years as elite performers.

Many of our students as well as facility members who train here at the Easton-Newberry Center have excelled in this years state, national, and international level tournaments. With multiple podium finishes as well as personal best records the excitement and momentum to excel here in Newberry has taken its place. This momentum is expected to help us launch into a new year as schools start back and our regular classes begin.

As we look forward we will be offering more coach training certification classes as well as proprioception training, nutrition, equipment, and judge training workshops. These opportunities will be available to all coaches, athletes, and programs to benefit from. Feedback and suggestions from coaches, judges, athletes, etc. are encouraged to help us in our search of improving what is offered at our center.

Latest News from the Easton-Newberry Archery Center

By: Carl Greene

Over the last three months the Easton Newberry Archery Center has been overwhelmed with archery events and activities.  These events have not only brought business to the local communities, but they have confirmed the legitimacy of the sport of Archery to those all around Alachua County.

The month of February brought a visit from Team Japan’s management staff.  They toured the facility as they consider training-venue possibilities in preparation for the 2016 Olympic games.

Our inaugural start to the Annual Indoor Gator Classic was very successful with approximately 65 shooters on Valentines Day.  Following was the start of the ASA’s 2015 Pro Am tour with over 1400+ shooters.  The ASA shooter’s and families filled the hotels and local restaurants as they enjoyed the southern hospitality of the small community of Newberry.  Ending the month of February, the Florida state NASP championships were held at the Easton center.  From the crack of dawn until the hint of darkness the NASP program kept going with several hundred shooters taking their place on the line and representing their schools.

The Florida Archery Association started off the month of March by holding their state indoor championship in Newberry with around 200 shooters for the weekend.  Following for the month was the Florida 4-H state indoor championships, End of Session Target Challenge, and multiple local 3D shoots.

April brought the kickoff of the ‘Easton Centers of Excellence’ National indoor archery league.  Our local shooters really enjoyed the match and being able to compete with live scores posted using the Rcherz scoring app.  Every weekend was filled with a variety of events.  The USCA collegiate regional outdoor championships were held with the University of Florida’s Orange and Blue archery team being the event management host.  They did an outstanding job at managing the event.  Easton’s Olympic Archery in the Schools program held the Gainesville Conference championships.  This was a great day of watching these young athletes grow.

The 6th annual Gator Cup USAT and World Team Trials event was a very successful accomplishment for all involved.  We had 423 shooters for Gator cup and 251 for World Team Trials.  This event took place on multiple fields over a four day period in order to accommodate the size of registration numbers.  This was a large undertaking and we are very pleased with the performance of our employees and volunteers.  We received many positive comments about our staff and the efficiency in which they operated through many challenges including bad weather delays and long days.  Many of the elimination matches were shown by live-feed and added an awesome aspect to the event.  Especially those with family and friends who couldn’t make the trip to Newberry, it offered them a little glimpse and feel of being in the game.

Four Students from Easton-Newberry Archery Center make Junior Dream Team

Part of our mission here at the Easton-Newberry Archery Center is to help athletes prepare for a position on the USAA’s Junior Dream Team (JDT) and the Resident Athlete Program. This help comes from private instruction, events structure, classes, and facility use. We would like to congratulate four of our athletes who train at the Easton-Newberry Archery Center—Ryan Oliver, TJ Rodriguez, Hala Skelton, and Thadrick Heaney—who made the Junior Dream Team.

Ryan has been a member of the recurve JDT program for over two years. His efforts and progress has earned him a spot on the JDT Red Team. The Red Team is the highest level of performers on the JDT program. TJ was selected as an alternate recurve JDT member last year and has now earned his position as a full JDT member going into 2015. Hala attended the first ever Compound JDT selection camp this past November and earned her spot as a CJDT member. Thadrick also attended the first Compound JDT selection camp in November and earned his spot on the CJDT as well.

The selection process was held in Chula Vista, CA and is quite complex. All of these archers worked extremely hard to earn these accomplishments. These archers dedicate many hours and days year round to making themselves the best they can be. They all show tremendous leadership potential in addition to outstanding performance as a top athlete.

2015 will be a very intense year for all four of these archers. These four athletes as well as many others will be a regular face on many stages in the future of our sport. We are very grateful to have such a tremendous group of athletes and support system of families here at the center. Again, Congratulations to you all!

Latest News from the Easton-Newberry Archery Center

By Carl Greene:

With schools starting back and the outdoor tournament season winding down we have been very busy at the Easton-Newberry Center.  Many of the camp participants during the summer came back to participate in our regular class sessions.  We are averaging 64 participants.  We also created a commuter class that makes participation possible for those that live some distance away.  The commuter class has participation from as far away as a 5-½ hour drive.  This is exciting to see new people come onboard and enjoy this sport we love.

We have been working hard on completing our Roving NFAA field range and we were honored to have the Florida 4-H participants be the first to try it out during their state field match.  While enjoying a beautiful fall day these archers enjoyed winding through the trees with a walking trial just over a half mile long while shooting at 14 different target scenarios.  While here, the 4-H scheduled five additional tournaments for the upcoming year.  We are excited to see this program grow with us here at the Easton-Newberry Center.

As we look forward to the 2015 tournament season, we are already planning many tournaments.  Between local JOAD club shoots, Florida 4-H program, Florida Archery Association, ASA, local 3D, and our USAT Gator Cup we have approximately 43 shoots scheduled for this coming year.  In addition to our weekly league night, we are developing a local league and national league that other Easton centers and affiliates can join in the fun.  More information on the National League to follow!

Latest News from the Easton-Newberry Archery Center

By: Carl Greene

This years Gator Cup was a tremendous success with 354 archers competing from all over the US as well as from 5 other countries.

As the school year came to a close along with classes, the Easton-Newberry Archery Center opted to offer summer camps in three-day increments.  With four basic and four intermediate/competitive camps running during June and July, families will have better flexibility to plan summer vacations, etc. while continuing to keep their archer training.  They also offer weekly adult classes.  Even with the short notice and restructuring they had about 35-40 registrations in the first week of posting.  The first week of camp was a huge success using US Archery’s Explore Archery program for the basic level camp and did a lot of core and balance training along with NTS exercises for the intermediate level camp

In August the Archery Center will start back with a regular weekly class schedule for basic through competitive classes and programs.  The top two classes will be constructed as a more complete program rather than just a weekly class.  These two classes will require athletes to fill out and commit to goals worksheets, training logs, and physical strengthening and training programs on a day-to-day basis.  This will be monitored as a higher level of commitment from both the archer and the center to produce a more complete and competitive athlete.  The intermediate level class will provide instruction and knowledge without all of the extra demands of a regular training program.

The indoor range received a new coat of paint and freshening up as they move toward a more inspiring décor to promote the interest in archery.  The surroundings, both facility and faculty, are a large part in the motivation of an athlete.  The aim is to make that motivation be the most positive and informative as possible.

On June 14th, the Florida state JOAD championships were held at the facility with 54 archers competing.  This was a record turnout for the state JOAD.  After meeting with the Florida Archery Association they have committed to bring back at least four of their state events to the center for 2015.  Building the trust and bond between these organizations is crucial to the future of any facility.  As they reach out to other groups and organizations they hope to expand their reach and use of the great facility at the Easton-Newberry Archery Center.

Carl Greene Hired as Director of Archery…


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.