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Long before the London Olympics ignited interest in archery, and well before Katniss Everdeen became a household name, the National Archery in the Schools Program began teaching students the basics of archery. What began in Kentucky in 2002 has now spread to more than 9,000 schools in 47 states, and into various other countries. New York is just one state that has recognized the benefits of archery, and Joe Martens, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), said archery is growing through NASP.

“The National Archery in the Schools Program is growing rapidly in New York. Under Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative, this cooperative effort between conservation agencies, school systems and private organizations is a great way to bring the sport of archery to millions of students across the United States and other countries. Archery is one of only a handful of sports that enables students of all ages and athletic abilities to compete at the same level for top honors, and as a sport dominated by precision and practice rather than age and brawn.”

Photo by: Outdoor Alabama

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.