OHIO’S NATIONAL ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM CONTINUES TO EXPAND
More than 200 schools now certified to provide program
COLUMBUS, OH – More Ohio schoolchildren are having the opportunity to experience international-style target archery as part of their physical education curriculum through the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The Division of Wildlife brought the National Archery in the School Program to Ohio in 2004. Initiated in Kentucky, the program is now used in 44 states and two foreign countries. The program has not only introduced participants to a life-long recreation skill, but has helped improve their school participation and attendance.
In October, Fort Fry High School in Beverly became the state’s 200th state-certified NASP school. At the end of October, 11 more schools in northwest Ohio qualified to take the NASP into their curriculums. Public and private schools in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo have also adopted the NASP. Additional trainings are scheduled around the state in November and December.
Ohio’s NASP is a two-week course taught during physical education class for elementary, middle and high school students. Students from certified schools are eligible to participate in the state’s annual NASP tournament, which serves as a qualifier for the national tournament. Details about the program and how schools can get involved can be found on the division’s National Archery in the Schools Program page at www.wildohio.com.
Ohio hosted its first state NASP tournament in 2007 during the annual Arnold Fitness Classic in Columbus. Participants included 450 students from 21 teams, representing 15 schools. The second annual Ohio NASP tournament is scheduled for February 29, 2008 in Columbus, with 700-900 students from 30 schools expected to participate.
For Further Information Contact:
Kevin Dixon, ODNR Division of Wildlife
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations