Yankton, South Dakota, November 2007 ⎯ The National Field Archery Association (NFAA) and Easton Sports Development Foundation (ESDF) have teamed up with the City of Yankton to create a Regional Archery Center of Excellence in Yankton, South Dakota. The Center will be built on 40 acres of land donated to the NFAA by the City of Yankton, and include a 13,000 square foot building to house the NFAA national office, a museum, and an indoor archery range. The Center and surrounding City property will include five permanent outdoor field or 3-D archery ranges, youth shooting and bowhunting practice areas, plus an Olympic archery training and competition field.
Bruce Cull, President of the National Field Archery Association, said, “The incredible land donation and financial incentives we received from the City and County of Yankton, plus additional support from the Governor’s Office made it a very easy decision for the NFAA to move our National Headquarters to South Dakota. Their support plus major funding from the Easton Sports Development Foundation allows us to expand from our preliminary relocation plan, and become an ESDF Regional Archery Center. We are very excited with the opportunity to create a world class archery facility to support youth programs, Field, 3-D, Target, Bowhunting, and Olympic style archery training and events.”
Erik Watts, CEO of Easton-Hoyt stated, “The Easton Sports Development Foundation, has been funded for the past 25 years by Easton, and has donated over three million dollars to support youth archery programs. We were very impressed by the joint effort and outstanding cooperation between the NFAA and the City of Yankton, and pleased that our contribution to the NFAA Foundation allowed them to include an Olympic style archery focus and become a Regional Archery Center of Excellence. The primary purpose of the ESDF is to develop a competitive Olympic archery program that helps young archers improve their skills as they progress through NASP, JOAD, middle school, high school, and college archery programs, and on to National Olympic team training.”
The Archery Center will focus on supporting community, interscholastic and college archery programs, South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks bowhunter education, Scout camp support, and to provide a central location for regional collegiate and target archery competition. Yankton hosted the NFAA National Field and 3-D Championships in the past, and the Center will serve as a permanent home for future competitions. Strong community support, outstanding facilities, and convenient competitor access from all over the country, makes Yankton the ideal location to host other organizations’ archery competitions in the future.
For further information contact: Bruce Cull, President of National Field Archery Association Foundation at 605-665-8340 or write to 2305 E. Hwy 50, Yankton, South Dakota 57078; or Erik Watts, Director of Easton Sports Development Foundation at 801-539-1400, or write to 5040 Harold Gatty Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
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