One person did make a difference!
She thought archery deserved a “special day”.
Ms. Pusateri, coach of the Hurricanes School Archery teams remarked, “NASP enables us to bring children together to participate in a safe and competitive archery community creating friendships, memories and skill sets that will last a lifetime.”
By the end of that day, NASP had arranged with the “National Day Calendar” group to establish the 2nd Saturday of May as “National Archery Day”. NASP did this to celebrate the millions of student archer graduates and current and future participants in it’s in-school archery program. According to the Archery Trade Association, archery participation in the U.S. has nearly tripled from about 7 million to 19 million archers in just over a decade.
Setting aside the 2nd Saturday in May is significant in the archery realm. This is the day the largest competitive archery tournament in the world conducts its award ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky.
The 12th annual National Archery in the Schools Program’s (NASP) national tournament will be May 7-9 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This event has set, broke and re-established the Guinness World Record for the largest archery tournament on the planet. NASP itself has been one of the fastest growing shooting sports programs for the past 14 years. Nearly two and a half million students participate in NASP annually. More kids than even everyone’s favorite, Little League Baseball! Obviously, archery has become a very big deal for millions of kids, parents, and teachers throughout the United States.
This year National Archery Day will be May 9th. This is the same day as the awards ceremony for 12,399 student archers who have registered for this year’s U.S. NASP National Tournament. In addition to trophies, plaques, medals and banners, NASP will award 10 terrific archers, grades 4-12th, a total of $105,000 in post-secondary scholarships.
Help NASP celebrate National Archery Day by #National Archery Day to all pictures, posts, comments and conversations regarding archery on Saturday May 9th.
For more information about the non-profit NASP and its sponsors see: www.naspschools.org.
About National Archery in the Schools Program
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) promotes student education, physical education and participation in the lifelong sport of Archery. The mission of NASP is to promote international-style target archery as part of the in-school curriculum, to improve educational performance and participation in the shooting sports among students in grades 4-12.
For more information, please visit www.NASPSchools.org.