LEXINGTON – More than 600 student-athletes competed in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s 2024 Operation UNITE State Archery Championships, held April 16, 2024, at Central Bank Center in Lexington.

A total of 51 schools were represented in the Boys’/Co-ed division and 54 schools were represented in the Girls’ division.

During the event, participants and spectators were able to test their skills on UNITE’s virtual driving simulator and impaired goggles course.

UNITE provided each participant and coach with a special keychain and information about the KY HELP Statewide Call Center, which serves all 120 counties with resources for those dealing with a substance use issue.

This was the first year for the championships to be held in Lexington. For the past few years, the event had been staged at Ephram White Park in Bowling Green.

KHSAA officials said the move was made due to the growth in high school archery at the state level, and in anticipation “for future consideration of the expansion of the event field and a potentially shorter duration of the event to promote less overnight travel for participating schools.”

Operation UNITE chose to be this year’s title sponsor because it fits perfectly into its on-going National Archery in the Schools Program® (NASP) youth prevention initiative, said Tom Vicini, UNITE President & CEO.

NASP began in Whitley County, Kentucky, in 2003, the same year UNITE was founded, and has supported school programs since June 2007.

Through December 31, 2023, Operation UNITE has:

  • provided $842,153 for start-up or replacement equipment
  • to 219 schools or youth archery programs
  • in 33 counties

NASP clubs are designed to give students an opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular sports activities. The co-gender program is designed to teach students responsibility, discipline, and respect while learning basic archery skills.

To view results of the championships and learn more about KHSAA archery visit their website at: https://khsaa.org/sports-sport-activities/spring/archery/.

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 290 member schools, both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 229 state championships to 59 teams and 178 individuals in 13 sports and six sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance coverage for its more than 109,000 rostered member school student-athletes, provides coaching education and sports safety programs for more than 12,000 coaches and licenses and facilitates the distribution of training material for over 4,000 contest officials.