EASTON FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS

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….. 

 

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….

SoCal Showdown Gold Medal Finals at the San Diego County Fair

Tabitha Lipkin checks out the Archery SoCal Showdown in Del Mar

JUN 30 2016 12:14PM ET

Fox Sports San Diego

In this week’s Just Another Sports Segment, Tabitha Lipkin hits up the San Diego County Fair where the Archery SoCal Showdown is taking place featuring world-class competitors.  View video here  http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=716048451572

 

LOCAL ENCOURAGES LOVE OF ARCHERY

BY ZCODE MAGAZINES  • Jun 2016

Keaton Chia

92130’s Keaton Chia has been passionate about archery since 2005. Keaton started working with the Olympic Archery in School Program (OAS) to help create a unique archery league for middle schools and high schools. The program was created by the Easton Sports Development Foundation, giving young people the opportunity to participate and excel in archery. The USA Archery Resident Athlete program is based at the Easton center as well, where many Olympic hopefuls train. Keaton said about working with Olympians, “You’re surrounded by dreamers. It’s a tough journey, so to see what kind of character they have in order to persevere and achieve this dream is amazing.”

Keaton’s work with OAS has also given him the opportunity to follow his own dream of making archery more accessible for others. He appreciates being able to make a positive impact on young people. Learn more at www.esdf.org.

OLYMPIC DAY 2016

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June 22, 2016 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee today announced a record-setting participation for Olympic Day 2016, with 2,120 events scheduled in 1,503 communities across the country expected to engage more than 800,000 Americans in celebration of the Olympic Movement.

Olympic Day, celebrated globally on June 23, has been recognized each year since 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894. An International Olympic Committee initiative, the mission of Olympic Day is to promote the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect – and the three Olympic Day pillars – move, learn and discover – around the world.

“With the Rio Games fast approaching, we are thrilled to see so many Team USA athletes, National Governing Bodies and Multi-Sport Organizations celebrating Olympic Day and promoting the values of Olympism to the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “The growth and popularity of Olympic Day underscore the important role that sport can play in the community, and we look forward to some great events this summer.”

In 2016, Olympic Day activities are being held on six continents with several thousand events worldwide and more than 160 participating National Olympic Committees.

LA 2024, the LA84 Foundation and the Foundation for Global Sport Development will co-host an Olympic Day event at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where more than 500 young Angelenos will be able to rotate through eight Olympic and Paralympic sport stations, led by Olympic athletes, LA84 Foundation grantee programs, and local sport and adaptive programs.

“We’re honored to be able to celebrate the Olympic Movement with the youth of Los Angeles,” said Janet Evans, LA 2024 vice chair and director of athlete relations. “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.”

The U.S. Tennis Association is hosting the most Olympic Day events of any individual organization with 354 events planned at local courts across the country, followed by USA BMX, which is hosting 248 events. Forty-three National Governing Bodies and four High Performance Management Organizations and their affiliated clubs will host a total of 1,193 events in honor of Olympic Day.

“Many think that our window to celebrate the Olympic Movement occurs only once every two years,” said five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, John Naber. “By celebrating Olympic Day, we get to share our love of the Movement every year, and we also get to grow the size of our extended Olympic family.”

Olympic Day events in the U.S. are heavily supported by members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family, and the following member organizations have registered to participate in 2016 Olympic Day activities:

• Adaptive Sports USA (Formerly Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports USA)
• Amateur Athletic Union
• American Legion Youth Activities
• BlazeSports America
• Boy Scouts of America
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America
• Catholic Youth Organization
• Community Olympic Development Programs
• Community Partners
• Disabled Sports USA
• Jewish Community Centers
• Maccabi USA
• National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
• National Association of Police Athletic League
• National Collegiate Athletic Association
• National Congress of State Games
• National Federation of State High Schools Association
• National Governing Bodies
• National Recreation and Parks Association
• National Senior Games Association
• Olympic Training Centers
• Paralympic Sport Clubs
• SHAPE America (Formerly AAHPERD)
• Special Olympics, Inc.
• U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Sites
• Underwater Society of America
• United States Air Force
• United States Army
• United States Association of Blind Athletes
• United States Coast Guard
• United States Marine Corps
• United States Navy
• United States Olympians and Paralympians Association
• US Orienteering Federation
• US Polo Association
• USA Dance
• USA Football
• USA Ultímate
• USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council
• YMCA of the USA
• YWCA of the USA

For more information on Olympic Day celebrations in the U.S. or to find an event, visit Team USA – Olympic Day, email: OlympicDay@usoc.org, or follow and join the social conversation using the #OlympicDay hashtag. Additional Olympic Day resources can be found on the International Olympic Committee’s website, Olympic Day.

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

SOCAL SHOWDOWN – June 25th, 2016

The AAE SoCal Showdown is a U.S. National Ranking event that brings together world class athletes as well as many young aspiring archers too.  For archers, we offer a great competition experience with a great venue, team round competition, prize money, and even individual gold medal matches at the San Diego County Fair.  New to archery?  Come on out on Saturday, June 25th for our Archery Festival and Team Finals party.  Try archery, play fun archery games, enjoy great food, and see these archers in action as they compete for team gold.

For more event information please visit:  www.socalshowdown.org

High Performance Eyewear for Archers

PILLA 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.

Pilla MaskThe 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.

To receive the discount, please use these codes below when placing an order at www.pillasport.com

MX Mask model = R4KYZSV

FX Mask model = OXYPP6L

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Three Fires Council Announces the Opening of a New Archery Range

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The Three Fires Council is delighted to announce the opening of the newly constructed Archery and Shooting pavilion at Camp Freeland Leslie for the 2016 summer season. Located in Oxford, Wisconsin, Camp Freeland Leslie annually serves 2,800 youth and adults from Wisconsin, Illinois and beyond.

As part of an ongoing program and property master planning process. The leadership of the Three Fires Council first focus was on the development of the properties Shooting Sports venue.  In 2014 the Council constructed the 16 position rifle range doubling shooter capacity.  In 2015 through a generous donation, the Council was able to construct a Skeet and Trap range to create the ability to cycle more youth through this activity and lessen wait times.  The Council and its General Contractor were presented with the Gold Award for a Project of Distinction by the Southern Wisconsin Builders and Contractors Association for the Skeet and Trap Range.

In 2016, the shooting sports venue at Camp Freeland Leslie was completed through the construction of the Archery range and pavilion. Being one of the most popular activities in any camping program, the Council leadership knew that the range must be expanded in order to serve more youth and adults through a greater number of shooting lanes.  We now have the ability for up to 16 individuals to be able to shoot simultaneously versus eight previously.  Care was taken in the design process to maximize the space/efficiency within the secured storage building at the pavilion.  Additionally, a design enhancement/change early in the construction process raised the top of the pavilion to10 feet to better accommodate our shooters.  While requiring additional costs to the engineering and construction of the roof and its high winds stability, virtually any youth or adult of any height will now be able to shoot recurve bows as well as compound bows.

The construction of the Archery Range and Pavilion was completed ahead of schedule and on budget. The new Archery Range at Camp Freeland Leslie is sure to see heavy use and participation during the 2016 summer camp season and beyond.  The word is out – The Three Fires Council is investing heavily in our outdoor programs at our camps.  These investments could be a reason why our summer camp registrations have already increased our 2016 registrations by 30%!

 Were it not for the Challenge Grant of the Easton Foundations, we would have had a much more difficult time raising the funds needed to construct the Archery Range and Pavilion. The Foundations investment with this tremendously important project helped significantly with the projects credibility and ultimate reality.

We look forward to promoting the use of the facility to outside groups that share in the passion of shooting sports.

On behalf of the thousands of individuals both now and in the future, we are forever appreciative of the Easton Foundations belief in, and support of, our outdoor educational programs.  We look forward to providing you with more updates and photos when summer camp starts in just a few short weeks!

Sincerely,
Michael Kaufman, CFRE
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America