Because of pop culture (the Hunger Games, Brave, the Avengers, etc.), archery is seeing a rise in popularity across all age groups. Roy-Hart should capitalize on that and bring the sport to our gym classes. Not only does it create a foundation for a lifelong pursuit in a sport based in discipline, but it also opens the doors to getting youth involved in bow hunting.
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a cooperative effort between state conservation departments, school systems and private organizations to help engage young citizens in outdoor activities and participate in the enduring sport of archery. The program promotes student education, physical education, and lifelong participation in archery. Since its inception in March 2002, more than 4 million students at over 8,500 schools located in 47 states and 5 countries have participated in NASP. New York was the 44th state to implement the program and school participation continues to grow each year.
NASP-New York is dedicated to providing quality instruction, information, and support for implementation of archery in physical education curriculums for grades 4-12. Safety and a positive atmosphere for students are emphasized. The program helps build muscle, endurance, and flexibility, and helps develop hand-eye-coordination, grip, and body strength. Archery is a non-discriminatory sport and can be taught through this program to almost any student of nearly any age or skill level. Educators report that NASP "engages the unengaged" and inspires students to greater achievement in school.
The NY Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for volunteers to assist in training physical education teachers for NASP. If anyone is interested in volunteering or knows of a school that would like to join the program, please contact Melissa Bailey, the state program coordinator for NASP-NY at 315-793-2515 or via e-mail.
Check out NASP-NY's photo gallery: http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/81945.html