The Kroc Center in Chicago adds archery league to their program

Kroc Center ChicagoWhether you’re interested in the arts, or the many areas of sports and fitness, aquatics, family & education, church, or seniors programs, you’ll find incredible opportunities to express your creativity and live a healthier life at the Kroc Center Chicago.

With a grant from the Easton Foundations, The Salvation Army KROC Center in Chicago has added an archery league program to their schedule.

Doug Engh, Outreach Director for the Easton Foundations recently made a visit to Chicago to conduct a very successful archery training session.

The training was conducted for 10 Kroc staffers, as well as for their new Director.  The first day Holly Edgar from Georgia Southern University presented the Team Archery concepts in the morning.  Late morning, Brennan Ewald, Marketing Manager at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center gave a presentation on the NFAA, club structures and area tournaments.

During the afternoon, the training group ran a mock Team Archery event in the gym for the staffers.   The next day Jeff DeRegnacourt from West Michigan Archery Center, along with Doug Engh, conducted a Level 1 class.

In the coming months Doug will also be visiting the Kroc Center in Grand Rapids to train their staff for their new archery league program.

NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center Quarterly Newsletter

By Katrina Vyborny

The busy times continue at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center! Our annual events continue to grow and our community outreach efforts continue to share the archery center to the community.

June 10-12 NEYAC hosted the National Field Archery Association’s 8th Annual First Dakota Classic tournament. The Classic is the last tournament in a 3 Star Tour, following tournaments in Las Vegas, NV and Louisville, KY. Approximately 300 archers enjoyed the new format with the opportunity to compete for over $40,000 in cash prizes, including a shoot-out for $10,000. Congratulations go out to Wade McClanahan (age 16) of Colome, SD for winning $5,000 amateur guarantee in the shoot-out, and Rodger Willet Jr. of Gloucester County, VA for winning the $10,000 grand prize. McClanahan also took home the championship title in the young adult class.

2016 Compound GradsDirectly after the Classic, NEYAC hosted the 4th Annual NFAA High Performance Youth Compound Academy. The Academy brought together 39 young adults (ages 11-18) from around the US (including Alaska), Mexico, and Canada for an intense 4 days of training with guests including George Ryals IV and Paige Gore. While the Academy has a primary focus on shot form and execution, significant time is also spent discussing fitness, nutrition, equipment tuning/repair and sportsmanship.

Archery Team from Baja California Athletic Institute
Archery Team from Baja California Athletic Institute

The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center (NEYAC) was honored to be the site for the Junior Archery Team for Baja California Athletic Institute from Mexicali, Mexico to train for 10 days. The group of nine archers and three coaches drove to Yankton to provide their team a high quality training experience both indoors and outdoors. While here, the team competed in the First Dakota Classic and the Midwest Outdoor Sectionals, and attended the Youth Compound Academy.

The USA Archery U.S. National Field Championships and World Field Team Trials were hosted at NEYAC June 30–July 3. After shooting a total of 48 targets between two days during Field Nationals, the top eight archers in each category competed in the team trials for a spot on the U.S. team headed to Dublin, Ireland in September 2016.

Alongside the larger events and tournaments, NEYAC has also been continuing to reach out to the community and participate in local events. NEYAC had an Archery Zone at Ribfest held at one of Yankton’s local parks. Weather changed the original shooting plans, but visitors were still able to have fun shooting foam-tipped arrows at a variety of targets. The local Boy Scouts have been coming to NEYAC to earn archery merit badges. Summer rec programming through the City of Yankton has exposed many local youth to compound and recurve archery, air rifle, and trap shooting.

To see more of what NEYAC has been up to, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @YanktonArchery.

Little People of America Archery Clinic held at West Michigan Archery Center

Dear Easton Foundation,

Little People2Please accept my gratitude on behalf of all the little people archers who benefited greatly from this experience.  This event would not have been possible without the generous equipment and facility support from the Easton Foundation.  Hopefully there will be a great showing from these attendees at the World Dwarf Games archery competition in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in August 2017.

DSC_0648Please allow me the opportunity to provide a quick synopsis of this past Saturday’s archery clinic that was arranged as an activity with the Little People of America District 5 Spring Regional held this past weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  There were 16 registered little people from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin who attended the afternoon archery clinic at the West Michigan Archery Center.  After an effective review of the National Training System with 1984 Olympian Glenn Meyers the archers were set for an afternoon of shooting.  During the clinic the archers took aim at paper targets, 3D animals, balloons and finished off with a money shoot.  Each archer had a personal coach for the whole afternoon which resulted in great shooting form.  A donated collection of arrows (1214 shafts and 90 grain points) along with the Dwarf Athletic Association of America’s collection of recurve bows (obtained through a previous Easton Foundation Grant) was a great combination of equipment for all the archers.  Each archer received a customized plaque with their image captured during the afternoon of shooting and an archery reference sheet complete with all the JOAD clubs in their home state.  The clinic was well received and there were many compliments by those who attended.

DSC_0656From the WMAC Facebook posts you can see the archers had good form and lots of fun.

I also received numerous positive remarks from the coaches and archer/coaches for participating in the clinic.  Overall, this was a great experience for all who attended.


NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center

The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center, NEYAC, has had a very busy first quarter of 2016. The focus of NEYAC has been outreach and education. Working toward that goal, it has partnered with several local and state organizations to highlight the influence the Center has on bringing sports tourism to the city and expose the community of Yankton to the opportunities of the world of archery. This year alone NEYAC has hosted a large variety of local group classes and corporate events. Additionally, NEYAC programmed a Holiday Archery series which function as ‘Try Archery” events that allow community members to explore the sport and tour the Center with fun holiday-themed archery games such as Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day.

In early March NEYAC welcomed over 40 members of Leadership South Dakota’s 2016 class to tour the facility and learn about the championships that bring national and international tourism to the state. Attendees also had the chance to experience one of the many corporate team-building activities NEYAC offers. Following the lead of tourist attraction, the Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau named NEYAC one of its Great 8, a title granted to the top travel destinations found in the Yankton area. Earlier this year NEYAC’s Center Director, Bruce Cull was awarded the Yankton Chamber of Commerce’s Dorion Tourism Award for his pivotal efforts to put Yankton on the world stage as a top archery venue.

NEYAC has also seen successful partnerships this quarter with two U.S. Collegiate Archery Association events – Collegiate Indoor Nationals and Outdoor Regionals in February and April, respectively. NEYAC was also the host site for the National Archery in the Schools Program, NASP East River State Championships which brought in over 150 archers and is expected to grow each year with the continued expansion of the NASP program in South Dakota. 2016 was also the start of a new youth tournament dubbed the Midwest Youth Archery Invitational, which brought together archers from various programs including JOAD, 4H and NASP. This event welcomed archers from 4 states in the region and introduced many young archers to the team round competition formats.

SDAA State Indoor Championship - Sunday shooting lineKeeping with its title as one of the largest archery centers in the world, NEYAC has already been host to record-breaking events in the past 3 months. In April it was the host site of the South Dakota Archers Association, SDAA, State Indoor Championships and a record turnout of over 220 archers, which were able to shoot in a single shooting time on the second day of scoring. This capacity to host an ever-growing pool of archers in the state prompted the SDAA to grant NEYAC this championship for the next ten years.

Also in April, NEYAC welcomed the Easton Operating Centers and Affiliates to the first ever Easton Foundations Center Manager’s Summit which gathered managers, assistant managers and coaches from all 12 centers and affiliates from across the US. This inaugural event was designed as a way to share ideas, programs and provide training for centers to facilitate their development and influence in our respective archery communities. Not only was it a beneficial experience, but it was also very fun to have everyone come together.

To view more photos from the aforementioned events and tournaments, and to keep up to date with our activities here in South Dakota, follow us Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @YanktonArchery.

The Easton Sports Development Foundation Announces its Newest Affiliate Archery Center

Archery Learning Center










By Perry Smith

The Easton Sports Development Foundation is proud to announce its newest affiliate center, the Archery Learning Center in Snellville, Ga.

The Archery Learning Center is very proud to be a part of Easton Sports Development Foundation’s endeavor to promote and support archery around the country. The training center is constantly evolving and working on new ways to train future archery athletes to enjoy the great sport of archery for years to come. Their programs include introductory group classes for kids and adults as well as open times for individual lessons and coaching. The Head Coach, George Ryals, works closely with the assistant coaches to manage about 40 local kids on the Archery Learning Center’s Hornet JOAD and Adult teams. The Hornet teams travel around the world and competes from the local to world level in archery.Archery Learning Center2

Started by a 25-year pro and National Championship archer who enjoys spreading this lifelong love of the sport with his community — which now includes athletes who train there for Olympic competition — the Archery Learning Center has a growing reputation as a place where archers of all levels can learn, train and practice their skills.

The founder, George Ryals IV, “grew up around the range and in pro shops,” he said, surrounded by a sport he naturally took to at a young age. He still competes, but his focus now is on spreading what he’s learned in the course of a quarter century-long career in championship-level archery. One of his true joys is in watching the progress of the first groups that he’s worked with more than a decade ago — as well as developing skills in new, young archers, many of whom became involved after “The Hunger Games” movie series.

Archery Learning Center3“It’s very rewarding,” he said. “We’ve got several generations of archers now. Those initial kids that started that first JOAD program, many of them are still with me and they’ve graduated high school and are in college — and they’ve taken the whole arc, from starting with a little wooden bow to winning championships.”

The Archery Learning Center offers instruction at three different levels, ranging from first-time archers, to elite Olympians who compete at the international level, as part of the center’s Hornet team. Ryals has a list of champions he’s helped train at his website, which currently includes three of the five members of the U.S. National Men’s Compound Bow Junior Team.

Ryals’ bona fides are internationally renowned — in just the last two years, his coaching accomplishments include training the winners of the World Indoor Championships in Nimes, France, the USA Archery JOAD Indoor Nationals, the USA Archery Easton JOAD Nationals, the NFAA Outdoor Field Nationals, as well as multiple state champions for Georgia. And in 2015, GRIV also won the USOC National Developmental Coach, Coach of the Year, an award that includes all sports sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee.

But despite the growth of the center, Ryals maintains roots that go back to the beginning of his archery career, noting one of the trainers at his center, Jake Veit, was one of his coaches when Ryals was an up-and-coming archer, and he credited another friend, coach and champion archer, Ginger Hopwood, with establishing the framework for the junior programs at ALC that have flourished in the last six years and become a model for similar programs at other centers in the region.

The center currently offers about 6,000 square feet of training space, and also includes an outdoor range area. Ryals is in the early stages of planning what could include more range space that will allow the center to offer another perk for archers — a 3D archery range for practice and give the ALC the capability to offer its own simulated 3D competitions.

In addition to three different levels of training offered — depending on how comfortable the archer is and also, how dedicated he or she is to the sport — there are Saturday classes for children and adults, weekly fun-shoots, leagues and intermediate to advanced classes and lessons.

Ryals also offers information about his training sessions, seminars, competitions at his website, extramiddle.com, a joke among his archery friends because archers like himself are always aiming for the “extra” middle.

The Archery Learning Center has joined a national network of prestigious archery facilities connected through the Easton Sports Development Foundation. Other Easton Foundations Center Affiliates include: The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex in Yankton, SD; The Demmer Shooting Sports Education & Training Center at MSU, West Michigan Archery Center in Rockford, MI; Georgia Southern Shooting Sports Education Center at GSU; Nebraska Game & Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln, NE and the Outdoor Adventure Center of South Dakota in Brookings, SD.

The Archery Learning Center is looking forward to an excellent collaboration with the other ESDF Affiliate centers and their coaches around the country and they expect that while working together they will make a lasting impact on our sport.

Contact Information


Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2164 Fountain Square

Snellville, GA, 30078


News from the NFAA Easton Archery Center in Yankton, SD

The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center has had an exciting year planning and balancing a wide variety of international, national, sectional, state and local events. From the World Archery Youth Championship to record numbers at the R100, Ted Nugent Kamp 4 Kids, USAA National Field and NFAA National Target Nationals; the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center is a busy and exciting archery destination.

World Archery Youth ChampionshipsIn June, the Center hosted the World Archery Youth Championships.  Over 500 archers and coaches from 51 countries gathered in Yankton for seven days of official competition. Yankton’s state-of-the-art facility, with 8 outdoor fields dedicated to archery as well as an indoor range where archers can shoot a full 90 meters, garnered a unanimous vote from World Archery to host this prestigious event. The event ran from June 8 to June 14 and with the dedicated work of the local organizing committee and over 800 volunteers, the event was a resounding success for the Center, the community of Yankton and World Archery.

The New 3D Deck at the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids
3D Deck at the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids

In September, the Center hosted its 6th Annual Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids. TNK4K is held in partnership with Ted Nugent and promotes hands on, outdoor values to youth. With nearly 200 kids and parents participating, 30 sponsors and numerous volunteers; it was another successful camp. Although Ted was not able to attend, the kids enjoyed several outdoor activities, including slingshot, air rifle, bow birds, Olympic archery, first aid, trap, waterfowl, and 3D archery.

The following weekend proved to be one of the busiest in the Center’s history, simultaneously hosting the NFAA National Outdoor Target Championships, the USA Archery National Field Championships and an outdoor wedding. Both of the two-day tournaments began September 26 and concluded with an awards ceremony September 27. More than 215 archers competed in the NFAA Target Nationals.  The wedding took place on our newly built 3D archery deck.Target Nationals

The first week in November, six young ladies will be representing the United States at the 2nd Annual Binational Games in Tijuana, Mexico. They will be competing in the Youth and Young Adult Female Compound divisions. The event includes over a dozen outdoor sports, including archery. We are so proud that these ladies will be representing the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center as they gain experience in international competition and interact with archers from around the world.

The Center is quickly transitioning from outdoor shooting to indoor as the temperatures are falling. Shivers and Quivers kicked off the Holiday Tournament Series in celebration of Halloween. This event was free for kids, ages 7-14. The Yankton Center also hosted its 4th Annual I Shoot for the Girls Tournament, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In November, the Shoot Out Hunger Thanksgiving Shoot will feature a food drive to benefit the Contact Center Food Pantry of Yankton. In December, The Toys for Kids Archery Shoot, in partnership with the Yankton Police Department, will provide Christmas gifts to children in need in the Yankton area. Competitors are asked to bring an unwrapped children’s toy as part of the competition fee. The Toys for Kids holiday gift-giving program of the United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton will help in distributing the collected toys.

In addition to archery, the facility is used for a multitude of events throughout the year.  Facility rentals are continuing to grow at the Yankton center. This past year, the facility has been utilized by many local businesses through corporate parties, soccer practices, a circus, a gymnastics fundraiser, a rock concert, Zumba classes, art classes, karate lessons, birthday parties, training courses and several other community events. A Try Archer station has been very popular at these events and it is a great way to introduce the sport to individuals outside of the normal reach. A large focus at the Yankton Center is to encourage the community to visit the facility and give archery a try. Every Saturday morning, Try Archery classes are held for a small fee of $5. Weekly try archery classes are held for local university students. These are great feeders to the adult and youth archery instruction programs.

Check out the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at NEYAC.org for updates on upcoming events and offerings.

Outreach Report

By Doug Engh
A main focus of outreach has become the identification and recruitment of archery facilities and venues into the Easton Foundations affiliation program. To this end, Outreach Director Doug Engh has met with directors from National Wild Turkey Federation to begin plans to create outdoor archery fields at their headquarters in Edgefield, South Carolina. This will match a joint effort between the two organizations to also launch Park Archery League within a pilot selection of NWTF JAKES programs to be managed by their headquarters archery coordinators.

In a similar effort, Salvation Army in Chicago is developing plans to provide Park Archery League to their Kroc Community Center while at the same time create both indoor and outdoor archery ranges to support the program. This Chicago pilot program, if successful, will then be offered to other Salvation Army Kroc Centers across the country.

Georgia Southern University is about to open the doors to their new Shooting Sports Education Center, which Easton Foundations has assisted with partial grant funding. GSU’s facility will be opening as an Easton Foundations Affiliate Archery Center, and is currently seeking a head archery coach to join the staff.

The Affiliate Archery Centers will be meeting soon by phone to discuss hosting seminars and specialty camps, and to work out a date and location for the first Affiliate National Conference being coordinated by Doug Engh and Bob Romero.   Along with the Affiliate coaches and site managers, the Easton Foundations Operating Center coaches will also be invited to this unique gathering of professional venues.