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START your own club! Risk Assessment document by Kari Granville of Sun Devil Archers - this is a very comprehensive document concerning archery. If you are thinking of starting a program at your school you will find this an excellent starting point. DOC file Acrobat Version
Every year high school seniors, juniors and yes, even sophomores go through the throes of planning for college. There are more archery programs offered in post-secondary institutions now than ever before. Granted, all but three are club sports and most are un-funded, but college bound students can find wide variety of schools that offer an archery program. One can find archery established and available at aeronautical engineering, culinary arts institutes, civil engineering schools, liberal arts colleges and universities with a variety of majors. You do NOT have to stop being an archer when you go to college!
To get an idea of the programs offered, take a look at the list below. For a comprehensive list of schools offering archery you can also visit the NAA Website.
To discuss collegiate archery programs and how to start one at your local college, follow the thread on the Sagittarius board.
Schools are listed in Alphabetical Order:
Atlantic Cape Community College Mays Landing, New Jersey Academic Focus: Culinary and hotel management, two-year school Archery Program: Intercollegiate archery program for men and women. Travel funding available for the school team. Financial aid is available. School hosts the Atlantic City Archery Classic each year. Contact: Helen Boltnick, coach 609.343.4900 College URL Archery URL
Arizona State University (ASU) has officially re-entered competition in the sport of Archery. Archery ceased to be a NCAA sport at ASU in the early 1990’s due to ASU Athletic Department decisions. Until that point, the program had won more national titles (men's archery 15 times, women's archery 21 times, and mixed archery 20 times) than any other athletic group at ASU while additionally boasting numerous World and Olympic team members and medalists. The Sun Devil Archery Club would like to bring that winning tradition back to the Valley. As such, a few dedicated archers have joined together to form a campus club to promote the sport and its competition.
ASU is (as of 2004) the third-largest university in the United States with a student body of 57,543. ASU's main campus is in Tempe, Arizona. Satellite campuses exist in Phoenix (ASU West) and in Mesa (ASU East). A complete curriculum university, with outstanding weather year-round, ASU attracts many National Merit scholars (173 in the 2003 freshman class). Many are part of the Barrett Honors College, which produces nationally recognized students, including 54 Fulbright scholars, 28 Goldwater scholars, and 13 Truman scholars. ASU is becoming a major center for research. Under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ASU is classified as a Doctoral/Research University–Extensive; under the previous Carnegie classification, it was considered a Research I University.
The Sun Devil Archery Club is proud of its competitive team, but the group also incorporates recreational and JOAD training into its program. All students, faculty and staff all welcome to join the activities. Beginner equipment can be furnished to those who otherwise would not have access.
Contact information: Sun Devil Archery c/o Kari Jill Granville 1827-D East Kirkland Lane Tempe, AZ 85281
Barnard College / Columbia University
Manhattan, New York
Academic Focus: Undergraduate
education at Columbia is offered through Columbia College,
the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and
Applied Science, and the School of General Studies.
Undergraduate programs are offered by two affiliated institutions, Barnard College
and Jewish Theological Seminary.
Columbia University provides post-graduate education through thirteen
graduate and professional schools and a school of continuing education.
Three affiliated schools also offer post-graduate programs.
Archery Program: Columbia
University is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and supports 29
varsity Division I sports. Columbia has fielded a women’s archery team from
1984 with students from both Columbia College and Barnard College, which are
both members of the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium. The team shoots in
Barnard’s LeFrak Gymnasium and competes on a varsity status for both
compound and recurve styles. The team competes regionally and nationally
including the US Indoor Nationals, Texas Shootout, Arizona Cup and The
Collegiate Nationals (USIAC). For more information, please visit http://gocolumbialions.colleges
New York, New York (Manhattan)
Colors: Columbia Blue and White
Enrollment: 5,532 Columbia/2,297 Barnard
Conference: Ivy LeagueColumbia has a varsity women's team website URL
Columbia Womens' Team:
Baruch College, City University of New York(CUNY) New York, New York Academic Focus: Baruch College offers undergraduate and graduate programs through its three schools: the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences; and the School of Public Affairs. Enrollment: 15,000 Archery Program: Non-funded archery club. The club is on the sixth floor gym of the 17 Lexington Building of Baruch College and operates on Saturdays from 3-6pm and Sundays from 2-5pm throughout the school year. The Club has four volunteer coaches who have been shooting for years. Equipment and training is provided free of charge, as long as you continue to be a Baruch College student. The club is competitive and shoots local as well as national tournaments. The club tries to pay as much of the expense to shoot in tournaments as possible, and has a dedicated budget specifically for that. Contact: Ryan Meltzer
Bloomsburg University Bloomsburg, PA Academic Focus: BU is an accredited public university that offers more than 120 programs of study. Enrollment: 8000 Archery Program: Archery is a new program that became an NAA member in 2003. Currently, the program has a small but dedicated team of three that travels to collegiate competitions. The club is open to anyone who wants to compete or shoot for fun. Practice is set around students' schedules. For indoors, practice is in the field house and when that is not available at an archery range 20 minutes down the road. Bloomsburg also has a permanent outdoor practice site. Even though the club is relatively new, the university lends much financial support to the program, covering registration and transportation. The club fund raises for lodging and other fees. Equipment is not provided by the university. The club president is Brian Howley.
Information Pending Brandeis University 415 South St. Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Contact info (co-presidents) James Cosimini, Jerry Zha Our primary coach is E.G. LeBre, and we have several volunteer coaches too. We currently have 4 hours of practice each week, with opportunity for off-campus shooting additionally. Field Location We provide equipment for beginners (mostly wooden trainer bows, but good ones.) Most of our gear was bought at the end of last semester, with more soon to be on the way. We also have some that is being kindly lent to us by several people in the meantime. Currently we practice outside (see Field Location above). That's Brandeis University's practice field, 415 South St, Waltham, MA 02454 for those address-inclined folks.
CSULB is longest continuously functioning archery NAA program in the country. They have a full and complete Archery Program from beginning classes to elite competitive team.
All Equipment is provided or the classes and club members. Currently there are 21 active club/team members and they field teams in Olympic and Compound Bow for both men and women. They also have our own Field house on Campus where practice is held 3 times a week (with additional time available at El Dorado Park). Equipment from Bows, arrows, cases to Scopes and team Uniforms are provided for Team Members. Financial support comes from the Kinesiology Department, the Sports, Athletic and Recreation Department, The Associated Students and Alumni and Friends. The competion team has a schedule of 10 to 12 events per season starting in October through to July. Their archery team has the highest GPA on campus! IF you need more information please contact COACH MEL LEACH
California University of Pennsylvania California, PA Enrollment: 6,063 Academic Focus: 4-year full curriculum programs. Division II School Archery Program: CAL U just started a NAA college club membership in 2003. Archery is a club sport for men and women. CAL's archery team shoots in Hammer Hall, which is the largest gym on campus. The facility allows archers to shoot 20-60 meters indoors. The team also has an outdoor training field. The team holds practices Monday-Saturday. The archery club also has an active team that travels to many competitions during the year and members on the team get some tournament expenses paid. Contact: Evan Clark-Captain, or General Info (724) 938-4901 Archery website
Founded in 1978, the Archery Club is one of the oldest sports clubs at Case. They are devoted to making archery accessible to students, faculty and staff. Members include beginners who have never shot before joining, skilled competitors, and shooters who simply find archery to be relaxing and enjoyable.
Beginners can learn from their experienced archers, coaches, and advisor. They may also use club equipment while learning to shoot and deciding if archery is for them. They have historically competed at the state and national levels. In addition the club hosts an annual invitational tournament in November, the Caskey Classic. The Case team usually travels to state and regional tournaments, such as the National Indoor Championships, the north region venue of which has been held at Michigan State University for the last several years. Sometimes the club travels further to compete, such as to the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships which rotate to different venues around the country. Indoor Range is Adelbert Gym Basement, hours are Monday through Friday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA Enrollment: 1000 Academic Focus: Claremont McKenna College is a highly selective independent liberal arts college educating leaders in business and public affairs. CMC enrolls 1,000 students and is also a member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions: Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Scripps College, Pomona College. Archery Scholarship: YES - based on financial need as well as archery. Archery Program: Colleges' focus varies and Students from all these colleges may take the archery classes and/or be in the Claremont Colleges Archery Club. Archery Program: Fully funded, well equipment and varsity sport for women. Claremont College offers perhaps one of the very best collegiate programs in archery in terms of support, resources, and facilities. The Mary Easton Archery field is a full 90 meter range, about 30-40 meters wide. The field is only used for archery and is an enclosed range, so it provides a safe and private environment for training. Archery classes are Mon/Wed in spring semester Tue/Thur in Fall Semester. Advanced students also earn access keys so they can train on their own and there are open sessions for students/public on Fridays and Saturdays. Fully equipped program with beginning level equipment for new archers and Samick Mizars for the class students who continue in program. Of course, students can use their own equipment. The coaches are Randy Town and Janet Dykman. Info on their range College URL
Colorado State University Archers of CSU (Competitive Club Sports) Ft. Collins, CO Academic Focus: Colorado State University offers over 150 academic majors within their 8 colleges. Enrollment: 24,000 Archery Program: Archery is a competitive club sport at CSU. Archers of CSU goal is to promote the sport of Archery through recreational and nationally recognized competitions and to teach the sport of archery to any willing persons. Students shoot at Arrow Dynamics Archery Shop (970) 484-4900 2536 Midpoint Drive, Fort Collins Indoor archery range, 20 lanes, maximum distance 20 yards. Contact E-Mail: Brian Christensen
main University website URL Phone: (720)-394-7227
Diné College (pronounced deeNAY) Tsaile Arizona and Shiprock, NM Enrollment: 2500 Academic Focus: Diné College is a 2 year public institution of higher education chartered by the Navajo Nation. The mission of Diné College is to apply the Sa'ah Naagháí Bik'eh Hózhóón principles to advance quality student learning and to prepare student for further educational persuits. Formally known as Navajo Community College (NCC) DC 8 locations spread across the Navajo Nation. The main two campuses are Tsaile, AZ and Shiprock, NM. Archery Program: Dine College has both an Archery Team and an Archery Club. The website is under the Archery Team and is an official athletic program of Dine College. The DC Archery Team represents the college and receives all of its funding and support thru the college. The athletic program offers scholarships for our archers; covering their tuition, dorm room, meal plans, books & supplies; as well as uniforms and per diems for athletic travel. In addition, the Athletic Program covers motel-stays, transportation, and entry fees. Dine college purchases replacement equipment for the team (mainly arrows). On the other hand, the DC Archery Club is a student organization that focuses upon fund-raising activities and making an effort to promote the sport of archery on and off campus. The DC Archery Club is not financially supported by the college, so any extra-curricular activities are to be covered by fund-raising efforts. DC archers shoot both indoor and outdoor. Currently, they have an indoor range located inside the gymnasium and an outdoor range (size of a football field) located west of the gym. Contact: Gregory Redhouse is the Head Coach of the DC Archery Team and Mrs. Courtney Gorman-Sandoval, a former collegiate archer, is the current club-advisor. Website URL.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott, AZ Enrollment: 28,000 School Focus: Embry-Riddle, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, meets the needs of students and industry through its educational, training, research, and consulting activities. Embry-Riddle educates more than 28,000 students annually through the master level at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Extended Campus at more than 130 teaching centers in the United States and Europe, and worldwide through distance learning. Archery Program: Archery is currently a club sport. The club was started in 2003 and intends to seek AIA sponsorship ad varsity sports status in the future. The club shoots three times a week and is sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Athletic Department. Contact: Tina Blake University URL
Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA Enrollment: 5000 School Focus: Located in Milledgeville, Georgia, GC&SU is the designated liberal arts college of the University System of Georgia. The school offers 63 undergraduate and 35 graduate degree programs. Archery Program: Archery Program: Established in the Fall of 2002, the GC&SU Archery Team meets 5 - 6 times per week and has both indoor and outdoor practice facilities. Some range equipment is also available. Contact: For more information about the Archery program or scheduling a visit, contact Pat Madison (Coach) at (478) 474-4733
2012 is the first year of an archery club for Howard Payne, in the hill country of Central Texas a few hours northwest of Austin.
*Top Five Overall Team Ranking Nationally 1996-Present Experience is not required to join the MSU Archery Club. They have great certified coaches to help you, and have equipment you can use. Please e-mail them for more information. Generally, practice time is M, T, W, Th 4-7:30pm at IM West, on a drop-In basis, but the schedule changes frequently. The team practices in two places, the indoor range in the basement of IM West and the outdoor range near the corner of Farm and Mt. Hope. The indoor range is big enough to get both 18m and 30m. Team Scheduled Practice Times Because everyone's schedule is different, there is no one time when you will find the entire team at the range. Contact: Dr. Norm Graham
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) MIT archery club is a group of MIT affiliated people who enjoy the sport of Archery. Some people are interested in learning how to shoot, some just want to practice, others have higher aims of becoming competitive. They practice 1-3PM on Fridays and 7-9PM on Saturdays in Rockwell cage For more information email the officers of the club.or see website below MIT URL Archery Club URL
Penn College Williamsport, Pennsylvania Enrollment: more than 6,000 Academic Focus: Penn College is Pennsylvania’s premier technical college and an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University. Over 6,000 students are enrolled in Penn College’s bachelor and associate degree and certificate majors, which combine hands-on experience with theory and management education. Archery Program: Pennsylvania College of Technology's archery program has consistently earned national recognition in the male compound-bow division for the past five seasons and, this year, it looks to expand with the addition of teams in two categories. Under the direction of second-year Coach Chad Karstetter, the Wildcats have added female compound-bow and male-recurve bow teams, and Karstetter envisions taking the next step up. Contact: (570) 327-4763, ext. 7415 Archery URL
Penn State University PSU has been associated with the NAA since the early 1970's. The club has its own 18 yard indoor range and access to fields for practice outdoors. Practices are held regularly during the week throughout the year. Archers of all skill levels are encouraged to join. The club also has a very active team that travels to many competitions during the year. Our website is at this location. Use this link to email Penn State Archery.
The Purdue Archery Club was reinstated Spring semester of 2008. Through months of work, the club is up and running for all students and staff. We are a competitive archery club that focuses on recurve and compound divisions. We primarily focus on NAA and NFAA style shooting, but can accommodate almost all types of competitive shooting. Not only do we allow a place for archers to practice, we teach archery to any Purdue student/staff member that wishes to learn. We supply all the equipment and certified coaching. What we use to teach archery is beginner/intermediate recurve bows equipped with sights, arrows, rests, quivers, tabs, and arm guards. The Purdue Archery Club will assist you with any of your archery needs whether you are learning for the first time, training for hunting season, or getting ready for the national championships. Feel free to browse the site to learn more about this archery program.
Rensselaer Archery Club Troy, New York Location: TUES AND THURS: Basement of Armory in the Rifle Range. SAT: Field Behind Houston Field House Meeting Times: Tuesdays: 7-9 pm Thursdays: 7-9 pm Saturdays: 1-3 pm WEB URL Jason Partridge
Stanford, CA Enrollment: 25,000 Academic Focus: Stanford University is comprised of seven college of which 3 offer undergraduate degrees: Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences and Engineering. Students who wish to pursue in depth more than one field may double major—that is, complete the requirements for majors in two fields—or minor in a second field. Students also can pursue an individually designed major. Archery Program: Formed in 2002, the Stanford Archery Program combines a nationally-competitive team, a recreational club for faculty and students, and a thriving community program open to anyone in the Bay Area. Beginner and experienced archers alike are encouraged to join. Team members practice regularly in preparation for major tournaments and also provide lessons for novice archers at scheduled beginner sessions and private lessons. In addition, Stanford Archery runs a number of programs for Bay Area kids and teenagers. Sheri Rhodes, current U.S. Olympic Team coach and collegiate archery veteran, is Stanford’s Head Coach and is helping the competitive squad build a strong foundation and achieve even greater levels of success. Ms. Rhodes’ coaching experience is extensive. In May 2003 she was named U.S. Women’s Olympic Team coach for the upcoming 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. In addition, she is the current head coach for the U.S. Women’s Gold Track program and has led U.S. Archery Teams at numerous international competitions throughout the last twenty years. Her experience also spans the world of collegiate archery. Ms. Rhodes was herself one of the nation’s top collegiate archers while a member of the Arizona State University team. She then went on to coach the Arizona team, leading the school to national titles during every one of her 17 years with the program. Email for general information. Archery Website Archery Location
Education Focus: Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a two-year technical college that provides an education in seventeen programs.
University of California - Berkeley (UCB) California Archery, which is the archery club at UC Berkeley, was formed in Spring of 2005. The club has around 40 members and is a even mix of men and women, and a variety of majors. The predominant style of the club is Olympic recurve, with a few compounders and a few bare-bow shooters. Although a few members came to Berkeley with some archery experience, the majority learned after joining the club. Most of the club members are recreational shooters, but there is also a competitive team that travels to various tournaments. The club has indoor (18 m) and outdoor (70 m) practice facilities with full sized FITA target mats on campus, but also travels to local parks and private ranges to augment its practice schedule. The club advisor is Professor Dennis K. Lieu (Mechanical Engineering), who usually practices with the competitive team, and also provides instruction to beginning archers.
Not only does UC Berkeley have a great business undergraduate program (Haas), you can also get undergraduate units/credits in archery as an elective. This program is called a deCAL, which refines archery skills and teaches others about archery. If you have any other questions we would be happy to answer them. Please contact us at any of the emails our Website.
President: Michael Rael
The University of Connecticut is located in Northeast Connecticut and is known as one of the premier State Universities in New England. The Archery Club was reinstated in 2006-07 and has received club sport status (2008). We have an indoor shooting facility, and currently shoot three times a week. The Archery Team is actively competing at the Regional and National Level.
The UConn Archery Club hosts two indoor tournaments, a Fall Classic in November and the State Indoor Tournament in February.
The UConn Archery Club welcomes archers of all levels to attend, equipment is available for use. Our shooting schedule is subject to change, so please contact the club directly for times.
The UConn Archery Team is coached by John Sahi; NAA Level III and Regional High Performance (BEST) Coach
University of Dayton The University of Dayon archery club is a great way to meet people, have fun, and shoot at the same time! The archery club is great for those who like to shoot but don't like the pressure of competition. Equipment is not required but is recommended. If you join the club you can use the club equipment at no extra cost. If you are interested in purchasing some equipment, on of our sponsors, Sugarcreek Archery, can help hook you up with some great deals. Website
We are a club that has recurve, compound, traditional and alternative shooters - some of whom compete at local and national levels. The club continues to grow each year so we're excited to get the word out.
UNH is a relatively small (12,000 undergrad) college located in beautiful seacoast NH, a typical New England college that is about an hour away from Boston. UNH has a great reputation for academics in the Life Sciences and Engineering, along with fine programs in Arts, Agriculture and Business. Located near forest, lakes, marshes and oceanfront, there are always hands-on opportunities for students to learn. Our archery program, started in 1996, has been growing stronger each year. Last year, we had over 30 dues-paying members, a good portion of which compete in indoor and outdoor competions. We are coached by Mark Olson, a level 4 coach, and two assistant coaches who facilitate practices that meet twice a week during the school year. Our practice area is indoors and can accommodate up to 30 meters in distance, and we are able to practice year round. In the spring and summers we are able to hold outdoor practices and get up to 90 meters.
For the past three years, we've sent archers to the NAA Indoor Nationals, and they have been ranked among the top collegiate archers in the country. Each year the club also hosts a unique 30 meter indoor competition in mid-March. This "Cabin Fever" shoot has a fun atmosphere for archers who are itching to start shooting outdoors again, but are kept indoors by winter weather.
Our website is http://www.unh.edu/archery-club
Our mailing address is : UNH Archery Club Hamel Recreation Center 128 Main St. Durham, NH 03824.
Every year in March we hold an indoor 30 Meter "Cabin Fever" shoot open to all archers of any division, age, or style. It is a fun and truly unique shoot that all are invited to. Check out our website for more info. Thank you very much and happy shooting,
The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Academic Focus: Located near the heart of Los Angeles, the University of Southern California is one of the nation's top private research universities. USC offers 17 professional programs and its College of Letters, Arts & Sciences is home to more than 30 academic departments and programs which specializes in subjects like environmental studies, philosophy, international relations and psychobiology. Archery Program: The USC Archery Club: Our website is now at www.uscarchery.com; our current email address is email@example.com and all queries can be directed there. We have the following policy for club members: All currently registered faculty, staff, undergraduate, and graduate students are welcome to join our club. Unfortunately, due to USC insurance policy regulations we cannot accept members from outside our school. We hold practices at the Rancho Park range in Culver City (2459 Motor Ave. Los Angeles, CA) three times a week and our Sunday practices are open to all experience levels. Anyone who is interested should check out our website or send us an email to find out more! Also, the website for USC Office of Admissions is http://www.usc.edu/admission/ and the university has changed the name of the psychobiology department to neuroscience., President, USC Archery Club
University of Texas at Austin Archery Club (UT Archery Club) Austin, Texas Enrollment: 50,000 Academic Focus: University of Texas is home to 16 colleges with majors as diverse as nursing and education. The university has the largest single-campus enrollment in the nation, including students from all 254 counties in Texas, all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. Archery Program: The program has long suffered neglect at the hands of the Recreation Sports Department, and a lack of competitive drive has now combined to result in the apparent termination of the club. 1/2016
University of Washington Seattle, WA Academic Focus: The University is comprised of three campuses: the Seattle campus is made up of seventeen schools and colleges whose faculty offer educational opportunities to students ranging from first-year undergraduates through doctoral-level candidates; the Bothell and Tacoma campuses, each developing a distinctive identity and undergoing rapid growth, offer diverse programs to upper-division undergraduates and to graduate students. Archery Program: U of W has a long standing archery club, know as Fire-at-will Husky Archery. The club is small with a core of dedicated members, and is accepting newcomers all the time. The club has a target archery focus, and particularly recurve, though bowhunters are welcome. The club has an 18m indoor range in the Intermural Activities Building (the IMA), and in the Spring and Summer have arranged access to a FITA field outside of town. Club practices are traditionally Monday and Wednesday evenings. On Fridays the club holds an open shoot during which anybody can shoot, while the club members instruct, run the range, and generally hang around. Club coach is Angus Duggan who has been shooting competitively for years, and was on the Scottish national team Webpage URLThe webpage is particularly useful with a FAQ page, pictures, links, and more.
Yale University The Yale Archery Team was created during the 2004-2005 school year by Tina Jeon (BK '08). Currently we hold club status and are comprised primarily of students from Yale College, but also have members from the graduate and professional schools. We do have national competitors and experienced archers, but no prior experience is necessary to join. Connecticut is recognized as having some of the best archers in the country, and has a number of ranges. We've secured space in Payne Whitney, the largest gymnasium in the world, so there never will be a shortage of practice space. We will meet early in the mornings to train and a schedule will be provided at the beginning of each term.
The club practices in the early mornings -- practices are set for 7am but team members are allowed in the gym as early as 6am. Participation is booming and there is a lot of excitement due to the high interest shown in the program. Please contact the president and captain of the team if you have any questions at Tina.Jeon@Yale.edu. (link to article on Jeon) Website URL
NAA Scholarships - The NAA funds and manages eight scholarships for full-time college students active in the sport. The value of each scholarship is $500 The NAA has information on scholarships at this link.
WHAT IF YOUR DESIRED COLLEGE DOESN'T SUPPORT ARCHERY?ALL IS NOT LOST!
Paraphrasing a well known archer and coach: "Archery, as a sport, will not grow and reach its full potential until our JOAD and High School kids have a place to go post-high school. Also, scholarships would encourage more participation. We all, archers, coaches, students, and even the NAA, have recognize this and begin to market the sport to Colleges and Universities and get them to establish Archery teams, tournaments etc. Golf was able to do it, and there are now golf teams at many, many colleges and universities and many enjoy financial support and varsity status. Archery should be able to do likewise. Some other well-known archery people in Arizona have had direct experience with trying to persuade an institute of higher learning there to create a varsity archery program. Their experience provided them and now us with a very clear message: The movement to create an archery program must be instigated, and driven, by the students and prospective students. It cannot come from only the outside archery community (who must be willing to support the students' actions) - it is the students that count most when a school is being asked to come up with money and resources. It is not so much a "build it and they will come" as it is a "show the need and they might agree".
Bottom Line:Archery need not be something that you have to give up when you go to college.
There are many arguments that can be made in a rational and logical manner. For example, there are literally thousands of middle and high school students in state programs, such as in Kentucky, who will be able to bring archery to the discussion when deciding on a university or college. After all, remember these institutions WANT to be attractive to prospective students. If archery is perceived by them to be as big of a selling point as say, lacrosse, golf, field hocky, swimming, and the like, then it becomes an easy decision to weigh the small costs of establishing a club or even a varsity program of archery against these other sports already in existance. In the case of Texas A&M's women's varsity program, the students are working within the system to convince the administration that the 0.7% of the athletic budget that the women get is worth the cost, given that they brought home 4 national championships in four years, maintain one of the highest team GPAs of the entire athletic department, and have provided A&M with great publicity. And be mindful of the opposing viewpoint!
Another important step will be persuading the NCAA that archery at the collegiate level is indeed a viable sport. More than one college club officer made this point - the NAA and archers in general must push the NCAA towards recognizing the wave of archery that is coming. With Kentucky, West Virginia, and all the other states that have allowed archery in the schools (more than 1 million kids have gotten bow into hand through NASP) starting the move, it must not be allowed to die on the beach of indifference and ignorance. To that goal, archery must become more common in colleges and university. When you leave high school and go to college, take your bow with you!!!
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