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EASTON FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS
From left, Greg Easton, James L. Easton, Phyllis Easton, and Robert Gunsalus, CSUN’s vice president for university advancement, at the celebration on Oct. 22 marking the opening of a new archery range and the creation of a fellowship in CSUN’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. The Easton family, through the Easton Foundations, have given CSUN $1.5 million for the creation of the fellowship and to bolster resources for the Olympic-style sport of archery on campus. Photo by Lee Choo.
The sporting goods manufacturing company Jas. D. Easton, Inc., has had a decades-long relationship with California State University, Northridge — from offering students hands-on training through internships to its staff working alongside faculty to investigate and solve many materials engineering challenges.
Easton is taking the relationship to the next level with a $1.5 million gift from its philanthropic arms — the Easton Foundations — for the creation of an endowment for faculty in CSUN’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. Money from the gift also will be used to bolster resources for the Olympic-style sport of archery on campus.
“California State University, Northridge and the Easton companies have enjoyed a long and highly beneficial history of working together,” said CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison. “Industry involvement has played a key role in the development of our materials engineering program, and the Easton companies have been exemplary partners. The collaboration between Easton and CSUN has made an indelible imprint on Los Angeles and beyond, and this latest gift from the Easton Foundations will extend the positive impact in perpetuity.
“James L. Easton’s legacy and the Easton name will be an important part of CSUN forever,” she continued, “and hundreds of students each year will be positively affected by the engineering fellowship and the enhancements to our archery programs.”
Greg Easton said the gift honors the long relationship Jas. D. Easton, Inc. and his father, James L. Easton, had with the university over the years.
“My dad directly worked with professors at the university over the years on different projects, trying to improve materials for sporting goods,” Greg Easton said. “The question was always, how do we make a better product to bring out the best in the athletes?
“This also is a great opportunity to enhance the archery program on campus,” Easton added. He and his father are well known for their passion for the sport. Easton noted that studies have shown that young people who do archery are better able to concentrate and focus in school.
“With this gift, we’ll be able to expand the opportunities for students to take part in the sport,” he said
More than $1 million of the gift will go toward the creation and support of the James L. Easton Fellowship in Engineering Endowment in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The college’s dean will select one faculty member from any of the college’s engineering programs to be the “Easton Foundation Engineering Fellow” for one academic year. During that time, the Easton Fellow will receive financial support for his or her teaching, research and service activities.
The remainder of the gift will be used to support CSUN’s student archery club, the creation of an on-campus archery range not far from the baseball diamond and an archery class in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Development.
Robert Gunsalus, CSUN’s vice president for university advancement and president of the CSUN Foundation, said the gift not only creates an opportunity for students to explore archery, but it also creates a wide variety of career opportunities.
“Countless Northridge students have served in internships and pursued successful professional careers in the Easton companies,” Gunsalus said. “Several of these Matadors have returned to their alma mater to serve on advisory boards, judge engineering competitions, and support the engineering college in other ways. This gift builds on the great relationship CSUN has had with the Easton Companies and amplifies their tremendous positive impact.”
Created by James L. Easton., the Easton Sports Development Foundation (www.esdf) was founded in 1984 with the mission of introducing the Olympic-style sport of archery to more people in Southern California. The success of that effort led to the formation in 2006 of a second Easton foundation, Easton Sports Development Foundation II. Today, the Easton foundations continue to further the sport of archery by bridging the gap between first experience and elite experience. The goal of the Easton foundations is to promote and maintain the viability of archery by growing the sport as a mainstream activity at the state, regional and national level.
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Easton Sports Development Foundation
November 30, 2017
The United States Olympic Committee has recognized Greg Easton (Salt Lake City, Utah) and the Easton Sports Development Foundation with the Building Dreams Award, which recognizes an individual, group or community that has gone above and beyond in its support of Team USA.
The Easton Sports Development Foundation has been a major contributor to USA Archery’s high performance and grassroots efforts. After the construction of the Easton Archery Center of Excellence in 2015, the foundation was key in helping Team USA win two medals at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
In 2017, the foundation supported many USA Archery initiatives, giving nearly $1 million to promote long-term program sustainability in efforts nationwide and helping Team USA reach the tops of major international podiums.
In 2017, ESDF also took steps to return the Archery World Cup to the U.S. with plans to host stops in Salt Lake City in 2018 and 2019, giving American athletes the chance to compete on home soil while enhancing international exposure for the sport.
The Easton Sports Development Foundation supports archery in many other ways and through a variety of other archery groups. In addition to the Easton Centers in Chula Vista, CA and Salt Lake City, UT, the Foundation also has an official USOC Community Olympic Development Pro-gram archery center in Newberry, FL, affiliate centers throughout the country, and runs the Olympic Archery in Schools program, a grassroots archery program, in California, Florida, New York, Texas, Colorado, Utah and Washington, with plans to expand into additional states in the future.
Greg Easton, in his remarks accepting the award for the Foundation, stated that “My father Jim founded the Easton Foundation in support of our commitment to the LA84 Olympic Games, and over the years, he truly changed the sport he loves – archery- to give it a long term future as a core Olympic sport. I view this award for the Easton Foundations as recognition of my father’s and grandfather’s visions to improve archery, and my family’s dedication to excellence.“
The award ceremony will air December 23rd on NBC at 5:00pm E.T.
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