The National Archery in the Schools Program® (NASP), provided in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, is designed to teach students in grades 4-12 responsibility, discipline and respect while they learn basic archery skills.

DSC_0112After-school clubs are designed to engage students who may not take part in other school sporting activities. Schools in the Fifth District that implement after-school archery clubs may be eligible for funding for start-up or replacement equipment through Operation UNITE’s community coalitions.

DSC_0105Through the end of the 2009-10 school year UNITE has provided $83,673 for 58 NASP programs in 23 counties. An additional $15,088 has been allocated to 15 programs through the end of the year.

On Target for Life

A physical education and cross-curriculum in-school course covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening physical fitness and self-improvement. Before presenting the 2-week archery course, teachers undergo an 8-hour basic archery instructor training program.

DSC_0106“Archery: On Target for Life” has been offered since March 2002 when it was launched at 21 Kentucky middle schools. Written by the state Department of Education, the curriculum holds interesting and creative possibilities for integration with core content in social studies, mathematics, visual arts, history and English/language arts.

Educators report the program is extremely successful in engaging all students regardless of their physical condition or ability, and results in improved behavior and attendance.

Since its beginning, NASP has grown to nearly 9,000 schools and 2 million student archer athletes for the 2010-11 school year.

For more details on NASP click here.