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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Latest News from the Easton-Newberry Archery Center

By Eric Blalock:

As we transition into the indoor season, things have finally started to slow down slightly at the Easton Newberry Archery Center. Outdoor tournaments are coming to an end, with only the Florida Archers Association’s State FITA Field and Florida 4-H’s State 3D Match remaining on the schedule.

ENACThe staff and coaches here would like to congratulate our members and the CODP (Community Olympic Development Program) class participants for an excellent 2015 outdoor season. The CODP class participants finished the season with an outstanding 57 podium finishes, 34 of which were first place, at State tournaments. Their national success in 2015 was unparalleled to any seen here at the Easton Newberry Archery Center, with 38 top 10 placements, bringing home 9 gold medals and 18 overall podium finishes.

We want to wish the best to eight of our members as they travel to Chula Vista, California for the Junior Dream Team selection camp. Also, a big shout out to our members, Meghan Collins, Ryan Oliver and Adam Heidt, for making the Cadet USAT Team.

There are some exciting events in the coming months. On January 16th the Easton ENACNewberry Archery Center will be hosting a one-day Judges Seminar led by International Judge, Mike Cullumber. We are kicking off our indoor season with the 2nd Annual Gator Classic on February 5th and 6th.  Only a couple weeks later Easton Newberry Archery Center will be hosting, for the first time in Florida, the U.S. National Indoor Championships and JOAD National Indoor Championships on February 19th through the 21st.

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.

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!

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.

Newberry Youth Look Forward to Archery World Championships


Recently the Easton Newberry Sports Complex held the World Team Trials for USA Archery. This event was well attended by the best archers across the country all vying for one of the three precious spots to represent the USA at the World Championships in 2014 in France.

One of the big stories to come out of the event was two young local archers, Meghan Collins (age 14) and Ryan Oliver (age 14).  Ryan finished 3rd in the U20 (or Junior category) team and Meghan finished an amazing 1st place in the open women’s division.  Both finished the trials placing well above their usual finish and were rewarded with making the US team.

The young archers took some time out of their busy training schedule to talk about the event and their hopes for the World Championships in February.

Coach Turner) How old are you? 
Ryan Oliver) 14
Meghan Collins) 14

Coach) How long have you been involved in archery?
Ryan) 4 years
Meghan) 1 year in the Olympic Archery in Schools (OAS) program and 2 years at Easton Newberry Sports Complex

Coach) Where did you first start your archery career? Was it fun and why did you like it?
Ryan) I started shooting when the Easton complex first opened in 2009 and I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and was the first kid to sign up for classes there. I immediately fell in love with shooting and thought it was fun and challenging.
Meghan) I started it at my school’s OAS program. It was so much fun because of the mental part of it and the competition, I like to compete.

Coach) Why do you like archery?
Ryan) I like archery because it is a fun, challenging sport and I love traveling around the country representing the United States as a part of the Junior Dream Team and the US Archery Team.
Meghan) I enjoy shooting because it’s a very mental sport, it takes a lot of focus. You have to shut everything out except for you and the arrow when you’re on the shooting line.

Coach) Has the Easton Foundation affected your shooting career? If so how?
Ryan) Easton Foundations gave me the opportunity to learn archery through the Easton Newberry Sports Complex (ENSC) and later gave a grant to our JOAD Club (Newberry JOAD) to help set up another local practice range.
Meghan) Yes, I train at one of the centers almost every day. I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am today if it wasn’t for the facility, the classes it offers and coaches it provides. There’s no way we could get the kind of coaching I get if it weren’t for ENSC.

Coach) What are the big titles that you have won?
Ryan) 2013 2nd place in the Cadet Recurve National Rankings, Made 2012 Junior Dream Team, 2013 Archery of the Americas Indoor Championship Bronze Medal, 2013 Cross Continental Championships Gold Medal (adult division), 2013 Easton JOAD Nationals 3rd Place, 2013 US Indoor Nationals 2nd place, 2013 JOAD Indoor Nationals 3rd place, 2012 Easton JOAD Nationals 2nd place, 2012 US Indoor Nationals 1st place, 2012 JOAD Indoor Nationals 2nd place, 2011 Easton JOAD Nationals 1st place.
Meghan) I was Grand National Champion at Easton JOAD nationals last summer in Hamilton, Ohio, FL state outdoor FITA champion two years in a row, FL state indoor FITA champion last year and I hold 16 state records both indoor and outdoor.

Coach) Tell us about the World Indoor trials, was it fun, was the competition tough, did you think you would make the team, was there one match that was the hardest?
Ryan) I was confident in my ability to make the team even competing with the toughest competition in the country. I think we all had fun shooting against each other and spending time together.
Meghan) I love competitions, so it was really fun! The competition was tough. I shot the first day having a goal of making the top eight because only the top eight moved on to the second day. I ended up getting first. The second day I also came in first, which was a surprise as I did not think I was going to make the team going into the tournament. The hardest match was against someone who had come in sixth the first day, Kathleen Roberts Stevenson, and she ended up winning that match.

Coach) What is the most exciting thing about going to France?
Ryan) The most exciting thing about going to France is representing the United States and competing at such a high level and going to another country for eight days.
Meghan) The most exciting thing about going to France is that I’m representing the USA. It’s been a dream of mine ever since I started archery and it’s come true.

Coach) How are you fundraising and can you give us the pages/links so we can share?
Ryan) I am trying to raise $3,000 to help cover the costs of the trip to France and I am taking online donations, you can find the link to my fundraising efforts on Facebook by searching “Ryan’s World Indoor Championships Nimes France” or go to www.GoFundMe.com/Ryans-World-IndoorFrance
Meghan) There are some really great people in our archery community at ESNC who are helping me as well as family and I appreciate them a lot. I also have a fundraising page if anyone would like to help out, it’s at http://www.gofundme.com/5ry1m4

Coach)   Finally, what are your archery goals for after the world indoors?
Ryan) My goals after World Indoor Championships is to win every USA Archery tournament in 2014 and start training for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Meghan) After world indoors, my goals are to make the USAT this year as a cadet, and the Olympic team in 2016.

Keep an eye on these young up and coming stars.  We wish them all the best in their preparation for the event. For more details about events being held at the Easton Newberry Complex or how to take lessons at the complex be sure to head to www.eastonnewberrysportscomplex.com


By: Coach Robert Turner