By: Lynn Stuart
The Easton Salt Lake Archery Center has had a busy winter season that has seen a myriad of people within its walls. Every person that enters can now view the centers commemorative sign that has been recently affixed near the entry doors to the outside wall of this archery superstructure. The cold, wind and snow are no contest for the events that have taken place, thus far, including; a payback league, a group from Wounded Warriors and the first of many participants shooting arrows in the Embrasure room, which will soon be our Archery Academy.
We hosted the continental coach’s conference, which brought coaches from North, Central and South America. This diverse group of athlete mentors collaborated on a variety of topics, including; athletes health, diet, exercise, nutrition, goal setting, stamina, how to build an athlete, sport psychology, and set up for recurve and compound bows. Representatives from Hoyt, Easton and Gold Tip gave presentations during the conference as well.
Team Brazil spent 7 days training, working on physical fitness, shooting hundreds of arrows and building team unity. This caught the attention of the one the Salt Lake City television stations and a story ran showcasing the center and team Brazil. There were intermediate archery classes, a winter league, basic I & basic II classes, and multiple companies meeting in the conference room.
Holiday events were held for our corporate members Hoyt, and PRO BAR. These companies had fun as they celebrated the business year, took pictures and spent time together shooting as groups. There has been a constant flow of people coming to enjoy archery and then returning again with their family members as a result of their experience shooting arrows. In addition, visitors have come for tours of the facility. Many private archery lessons have been held and the coaching has been well received. Birthday parties have taken place. Fun and archery have been the theme.
Throughout the holiday season, we participated in the Utah Food Banks “Holiday Food Drive”, fighting hunger statewide. Word got out quickly that if you bring a can of food to the Easton Archery Center, two hours of shooting in the indoor range would be the reward. The center had an after Christmas sale which brought in archers, as prices had been lowered & many people had new archery equipment which they used for the first time here in our facility.
Many youth groups have come to shoot in the indoor range. Several have never shot archery. Before shooting, they were taught about range safety and bow safety, including how to properly retrieve the arrows from a target. Teams were formed, including selecting a captain. After a practice round, a fun shooting game ensued, in which every arrow counted, and every member shot just one arrow. Team members encouraged each other, and this was great to see. It was fun to watch as the more arrows that each person shot, the more they laughed and joked with each other and became more relaxed.
Our Facebook page is a very rewarding and valuable asset. The posted information, videos and photos have reached thousands and these snapshots are being shared and liked. Those that spend time here are posting comments that express how much fun they had with insightful comments, which are appreciated. Please use our page to see what is being posted and to answer questions about classes, manager discounts, special prices, upcoming events.