EASTON FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS

$1.5 Million Gift from Easton Foundation to Support CSUN Archery Students and Engineering Faculty

Credit – Media Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler
carmen.chandler@csun.edu

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.

 

Reynaldo “Rene” Paguia, archery head coach for Associated Students sports clubs, takes the first ceremonial shot in celebration of then opening of CSUN’s new archery range. Photo by Lee Choo.

“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.

 

Assistant Programs Director Opening in Yankton, SD

Yankton, S.D. – June 5, 2018- The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Programs Director.

For more information, head over to the NEYAC website here: 

http://www.yanktonarcherycomplex.org/page/job-opportunities

Easton-Newberry Sports Complex named in top 10 Southern Indoor Sports Facilities in 2018

Sports Planning Guide

We are excited to learn that the Easton-Newberry Archery Center made the Sports Planning Guide’s (SPG) Top 10 Southern Indoor Sports Facilities for 2018!!    SPG is a well-known organization among event organizers.  Congratulations to the staff in Newberry.

Located 15 miles west of Gainesville, the Easton-Newberry Sports Complex is made up of 100 acres of multi-sport use and archery-specific property. The 20,000-square foot indoor venue has been designated Community Olympic Development Program status for archery by the United States Olympic Committee and can be used for local, state, regional, national and international competitions. The facility features fiber-optic cable, Internet and video support, meeting space, concession stands and seating for 500. It also includes a dedicated indoor archery range with 20 lanes shooting to 25 meters and an adjoining indoor gym for basketball and volleyball.

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Students from the Easton Foundations Archery Centers and OAS program make the USA Archery 2018 Dream Team

Congratulations to the archers who trained at one of our Easton Archery Centers or participated in the Olympic Archery in Schools program and have made the 2018 USA Archery Dream Team.  We are very proud of their accomplishments.    Read more…..

Easton Salt Lake Archery Center

Andrew Furst

Easton-Newberry Archery Center

Olivia Huffer

Andrea Kent

Easton Van Nuys Archery Center

Trenton Cowles

Ara Hekimian Brogan

Easton Archery Center of Excellence

Mina Burns

Olympic Archery in Schools

Adam Whitlach

 

Easton Archery Center of Excellence Employee Earns his Level 4 USA Archery Coach Certification

By Keaton Chia, Center Director
December 18, 2017

Congratulations to Jason Tong on earning his Level 4 Coach Certification

The Easton Archery Center of Excellence recently hosted two of USA Archery’s Level 4-NTS Coach courses. Participants undergo an intense week of training with a variety of sport experts including USOC trainers, Level 5 coaches and our National Head Coach, KiSik Lee. Concluding with an individual practical exam, it is no small feat to pass the course.

We would like to congratulate all of the new 2017 Level 4 Coaches for their accomplishment and would like to give a special shout-out to our very own Jason Tong for earning his Level 4 as well!

Jason has contributed a lot to our sport especially for college programs. In addition to a successful career in collegiate archery, finishing as the 2017 Recurve Mixed Team National Champion and West Region Collegiate Coach of the Year, he was Vice President, Team Captain and President of the UCSD team as well as the Collegiate Athlete Rep and and will be the West Region Collegiate Rep for USA Archery. After graduating from UCSD this year with a degree in biochemistry and cell biology, he joined us here at the center as part of our operations team to continue giving back to the sport.

Tell us about how you got into archery.
I got into the sport as a freshman at UCSD. The club, Sun God Archery at UCSD, offers beginner workshops and it is there that I met coach Nick Kale and the rest of the Sun God Archery team. I had a great time and from there I was hooked!

What’s been the most rewarding part of archery for you?
Winning with my team has been some of my best experiences not just in archery, but in my whole college experience. It is very exciting to shoot mixed team and team round events because you are shooting with teammates and you have the rest of your team cheering you on. It is more meaningful for me that my success is not just my own, but is shared by the whole team.

Why did you get into coaching?
When I became the VP of the club, I had the opportunity to serve the club in multiple capacities. In a leadership role, being a coach empowers me to give back and support my team, and as an athlete, I learn more about technique which improves my own performance at competitions. As I began to coach more, I really started enjoying the process of learning how to work with athletes to help them meet their goals and fulfill their potential.

What has made you a better coach?
I learn a lot as a coach when I encounter a student who is struggling, especially with something that I’ve never seen or experienced myself. The process of figuring it out with them teaches you a lot of valuable lessons that don’t come from a textbook.

What were some highlights of the L4 course?
It was really great to meet new coaches from across the country. I enjoyed learning from other sport experts such as Kevin Pierce and his presentation on sports medicine and re-hab/pre-hab practices to prevent injuries, and John Crawley on process improvement on teaching. It was also very beneficial to have the chance to work with Coach Lee and to go over the finer details of NTS with him.

What is your advice for future L4 candidates?
Learn NTS as an athlete first. Athlete development must come before coach development. I am a far more effective coach when I can draw from my own personal experience shooting and then when students are facing problems that I have not seen before, then I can also pull from my own learning process to discover solutions versus just reciting knowledge from a book. That will not only help you pass the Level 4 exam, but also make you a far more effective coach that is better able to help all of your athletes meet their goals and fulfill their potential.

Easton Salt Lake Archery Center Employee earns his Level 4 USA Archery Coaching Certification

By Trevor Thornton, Center Director
December 18, 2017

Congratulations to Brett Litzler on earning his Level 4 Coaching Certification

We are excited to announce that Brett Litzler has achieved his level 4 USAA coaching certification. Brett started with the Easton Salt Lake Archery Center in Jan of 2016 and has been a key part of our growth and program development.

Brett bought his first bow in November of 2011 and never looked back! He began learning under the instruction of Mr. Richard Tone, the former head coach of the United States Olympic team. In no time, he was hooked! The thrill of competition always keeps him fueled, as well as wanting more knowledge and experience in archery.

Brett has competed in many competitions, from small local shoots, to world ranking events. In 2015, Brett won the Arizona state Indoor Recurve Championship, and placed 2nd in the Arizona State Outdoor Championships to a 2-time Olympic Silver Medalist.

“I’m excited to learn, I’m excited to get a bow in people’s hands, I’m excited to teach them that this is fun, and you can really do anything you want in archery.” Brett states. Brett was the Program Coordinator for one of the first “Retail Archery Academy’s” in the country and his main goal is to, “grow and change the sport of archery”.

We are pleased to have him as part of the Easton Foundations. We look forward to his new knowledge and how it can help grow the sport of archery. Congratulations Brett, on a well deserved accomplishment.