NJ’s Oxford Central School Posts 8th Best Score at National NASP Championship
Louisville, Kentucky - -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a joint venture between school districts, schools and state Fish and Wildlife agencies. Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. In New Jersey, NASP is coordinated by the NJ DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.
The program’s focus is to provide International style target archery training in physical education classes for grades 4-12. NASP promotes student education, physical education and provides instruction for students as a gateway to participation in the lifelong sport of archery.
Oxford Central School physical Education teacher, Rob Causton, was trained as a level one archery instructor in 2006 as part of a pilot program for the NASP in New Jersey. Later that school year he introduced this new physical education program to his middle school students and found that it was an immediate success. Since that time, Rob and Oxford Central have held the NJ State Archery NASP Champion title each of the last three years. Along with the state title is the opportunity to attend the national championship in Kentucky. This year approximately 5,000 kids competed at the event making it the largest indoor archery competition in the world! Oxford preformed like a well-oiled machine and posted a team score that only 8 other schools were able to beat.
No previous archery experience is required for a physical education teacher to become a certified NASP archery coach. The training is provided free of charge and equipment kits can either be purchased or participating schools can take advantage of a new loaner program that provides all the required equipment for the two-week period the course is being conducted.
School administrators and physical education teachers interested in obtaining more information or training can contact the state NASP coordinator, Paul Ritter at 908-637-4125 or e-mail Paul.Ritter@dep.state.nj.us . Information on the national program and participating states can be found at www.nasparchery.com .
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