Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Archery Targets Kids and Families: Grants Available to Help Grow Archery in Your Community

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Archery Targets Kids and Families: Grants Available to Help Grow Archery in Your Community

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USA ARCHERY, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of archery, works hand-in-hand with organizations like the Easton Foundations and the Archery Trade Association (ATA) to help bring archery programs to communities across the United States. One community that's had great success in recent years is the Cullman Parks and Recreation Department in Cullman, Alabama. This city has introduced archery--one of the safest, most exciting, and now, most popular sports--to its community with great success.

Cullman's community archery strategy began in 2006, when the Alabama Department of Conservation, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries turned to the state's cities and towns to help bring archery and bowhunting programs into Alabama's communities. With a grant from the Archery Trade Association, the Cullman Archery Park was completed, and programming began for the City of Cullman in 2008.

The same year, Cullman's Parks and Recreation Department introduced Explore Bowhunting, a program of the ATA, and implemented Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) and the After School Archery Program (ASAP) in 2009. Currently, approximately 200 different archers are engaged in Cullman's various programs, including ASAP, JOAD, and adult archery clubs.

"We're pleased with the success of our archery program," explains John Hunt of the Cullman Parks and Recreation Department. "Archery gives a family time to be together; it's nothing to see a whole family shooting together. Archery is also an activity for all ages. We are also glad to be meeting the needs of children who [may] not play other sports."

Hunt also notes that USA Archery, Bowhunters of Alabama, and the local Van's Outdoor Retail shop helped to provide additional assistance to complement the significant support that Cullman received from the Archery Trade Association. …

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