EASTON FOUNDATION IN THE NEWS

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.

Easton Foundations Honored by USA Olympic Committee

Easton Sports Development Foundation
November 30, 2017
Los Angeles

2017 “Building dreams” Award Winner, Easton Foundations, honored for work to advance archery’s legacy

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.

Easton Foundations, Coach Rogers and Recurve Women Honored at 2017 Team USA Awards

USA Archery News

Nov. 29, 2017, 11:26 p.m. (ET)

Greg Easton, President of the Easton Sports Development Foundation with Phyllis Easton

LOS ANGELES, California – The 2017 Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Year is a star-studded awards show hosted annually by the United States Olympic Committee to honor and celebrate both the athletes and the team behind the team that puts USA on top of podiums around the world. This year’s show was held at Royce Hall on UCLA’s campus and will air Dec. 24 on NBC at 1:30pm E.T.   Read more…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Dr. Creighton J. Hale, Former Little League President and CEO

South Williamsport, Pa. (October XX, 2017) – Little League® International is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Creighton J. Hale, a titan of the youth sports industry, accomplished safety innovator, and former President and CEO of Little League International. Dr. Hale (1924-2017), served as Little League President from 1973 to 1994, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1983.

“It was with great sadness that we received the news of the passing of Dr. Creighton Hale.  Dr. Hale was a personal friend, a great friend of Easton and everyone connected to baseball.  His contributions to the game will never be forgotten.”  Jim and Phyllis Easton

To read the full article, click here.

 

Los Angeles Unveils State-Of-The-Art Archery Facility To Serve 2028 Olympics

News provided by
Los Angeles Parks Foundation
Sep 23, 2017, 14:39 ET

New $2 million range fulfills need for Los Angeles archery community and future Olympians. 

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks today unveiled a new, state-of-the-art archery range for the city’s archery enthusiasts and future Olympic athletes as L.A. prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2028. The Easton Rancho Park Archery Range underwent an extensive $2 million renovation to replace a smaller, outdated facility with soaring pavilions and four levels of shooting lanes.

LA City Mayor Garcetti showed off his archery skills at the Easton Ranch Park Archery Range.

“Los Angeles hit the bullseye when we landed the 2028 Olympic Games,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The Easton Rancho Park Archery Range is part of an incredible legacy of world-class competition that brings opportunities for healthy recreation to Angelenos of all ages.”
City Councilman Paul Koretz, Department of Recreation and Parks General Manager Michael Shull, LA 2028 Chief Executive Officer Gene Sykes, Oscar-winning actress and champion archer Geena Davis, and Easton Sports Development Foundation founders Jim and Phyllis Easton joined Mayor Garcetti in celebrating the grand opening.
“On behalf of LA 2028, we are delighted to celebrate the grand opening of L.A.’s Easton Rancho Park Archery Range, which will provide Angelenos with increased access to a beloved Olympic and Paralympic sport,” said Gene Sykes, CEO of LA 2028. “Today’s grand opening underscores two of L.A.’s greatest strengths as an Olympic and Paralympic host city: our city’s wealth of world-class sports facilities and Angelenos’ passion and deep appreciation for sport.”  
The Easton Sports Development Foundation built the original archery range in 1983 as a practice facility for the 1984 Olympics. The new open-air structure now features 10m, 18m, 30m and 50m ranges; storage facilities; office space; and an equipment room to serve members of the public who are beginners as well as established clubs, enthusiasts, future Olympians and teams from UCLA and USC.
“The Easton Rancho Park Archery Range is a gift from the Easton Foundations to the City of Angels and the archery community,” said Jim Easton, chairman of Easton Sports Development Foundation and a U.S. representative to the International Olympic Committee. “This new facility is part of the continuing legacy that was envisioned during the 1984 Olympic Games to support the great sport of archery.” 
The project, which took nearly three years to complete, was spearheaded by Don Rabska, vice president of Easton Foundations. “The new range has a special symbolism, and was designed to be aesthetically pleasing and functional in support of those who pursue archery excellence,” said Rabska.
The new archery range is one of several projects achieved through a partnership between the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation. The Foundation has been supporting the city’s 50 Parks Initiative, an ambitious plan to acquire and transform parcels of land into new neighborhood parks. It is also helping to improve current parks and recreation programs, with the most recent accomplishment being the upgraded Easton Rancho Park Archery Range.
“This new state-of-the-art archery range represents the best example of public-private partnerships,” said Judith Kieffer, executive director of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation. “We’re proud to have worked with the Easton Sports Development Foundation and the parks department to bring this new amenity to the public.”
The Easton Rancho Park Archery Range is located at the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center and is available for public use, free of charge. Normal park hours are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week for those who bring their own equipment. Beginners’ classes and equipment are available on weekends on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information about the Los Angeles Parks Foundation, please visit www.laparksfoundation.org.  
About Easton Rancho Park Archery Range
Originally built in 1983 as a practice facility for the 1984 Olympics, the Easton Rancho Park Archery Range has undergone a massive three-year, $2 million renovation. Thanks to the work of the Easton Foundations, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation, the upgraded facility will serve the archery community and future Olympians as L.A. gears up to host the Olympics in 2028. Among the few public archery ranges in L.A., the range, which has 10m to 50m ranges, will serve archery enthusiasts and club teams throughout the area. The facility is free for the public, with beginners’ classes and equipment rentals available on weekends.
SOURCE Los Angeles Parks Foundation