Contact(s): Daniel Schroeder, DNR NASP coordinator, 608-235-4619
MADISON - About 1,600 of Wisconsin's youth archers are set to gather this weekend to aim for top honors at the 2017 Wisconsin National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament at Wisconsin Dells.
The annual event is scheduled for March 31 - April 1 at the Woodside Convention and Expo center in Wisconsin Dells.
About 1,600 boy and girl archers from grades 3 through 12 from 66 state schools will compete.
Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp says the program offers school children a chance to experience a sport they may not have known was available to them. "The schools themselves have been effective in keeping this program growing year after year by introducing students to the sport and encouraging them as teammates in competition," she said.
Students at this year's state tournament will compete for individual and team awards in elementary, middle and high school divisions, as well as a chance to qualify for the program's national tournament in Louisville, Ky. That tournament is expected to attract more than 15,000 archers from all over the country.
The event also will feature a competitive NASP/IBO 3-D animal range, a bow fishing shooting area and several exhibitors.
Through NASP, archery is typically taught during the school day as part of a physical education curriculum. Every student uses identical, universal fit, equipment and is taught safety, proper form, shooting and scoring arrows and much more. Interested teachers can attend a one-day training session to receive Basic Archery Instructors certification. Archery equipment and a teaching curriculum is provided and grants are available to help offset any initial startup costs for schools. With the grants, schools can get started with minimal investment and budget strain.