Va NWTF donates over $15K to Support NASP

On March 16th, over 530 student archers and coaches representing 34 schools from across the Commonwealth gathered at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA for the 5th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament. The National Archery in the Schools Program promotes student education and participation in archery. The program's focus is designed to teach International style target archery in 4th through 12th grades as part of the in-school curriculum. Before presenting archery instruction to their students at school, teachers must successfully complete an 8-hour instructor certification training program referred to as BAI, Basic Archery Instructor. Certification is conducted by VDGIF Outdoor Education staff and VDGIF-certified volunteers. Currently over 550 schools, and 1270 teachers have been trained.

Sponsors for this year's State Tournament included Green Top Sporting Goods, Hanover; Bass Pro Shops, Hanover; Hunt N Shak, Richmond; Wilcox Bait and Tackle, Newport News; Parker Bows, Augusta County; Morrell Targets, AR; the Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF); Hoffman Archery, Fauquier County and Matthews Bows. Rick Layser, President of the Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) presented a check for $10,000 towards the purchase of loaner equipment sets for new schools that want to participate in NASP for 2014. Linda Layser VA NWTF NASP Committee Chairperson in addition donated a total of $5,100 divided between the three top schools in each class, Elementary, Middle and High School. These cash awards are for the winning teams to represent Virginia at the Nationals scheduled for May in Louisville, KY. Each of the three First place teams received a check for $1700. Both Rick and Linda Layser also participate in NASP as instructors. For more detailed information, visit the Department's website. For more information and to get your school and teachers involved in NASP, contact VDGIF Outdoor Education Supervisor and Virginia State NASP Coordinator Karen Holson at (804) 367-6355 or Karen.Holson@dgif.virginia.gov. Also, be sure to check out the NASP video and Virginia Wildlife feature article!




















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