Classroom teachers and other members of school communities who are interested in becoming certified National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) instructors are invited to attend a free training workshop on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 in Mahoning County.

The Basic Archery Instructor Training will take place at Western Reserve High School in Berlin Center from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required and those interested should call Ken Fry, Division of Wildlife, at (330) 245-3030 or email Kenneth.Fry@dnr.state.oh.us.

NASP instructors teach target archery to elementary, middle and high school students, right in the school gym.  The curriculum covers archery, safety, equipment, technique, concentration skills and self-improvement.  When students are introduced to the sport of archery, the in-school educational component is only the beginning.  Many NASP-participating schools then start after-school programs and archery teams.

The NASP program is rapidly growing and gaining popularity among both students and educators. It was introduced into 17 Ohio schools in 2004.  More than 600 Ohio schools now have teachers certified to instruct target archery.  Over 40,000 Ohio students participated in NASP as part of their physical education curriculum during the 2011-2012 school year.

The first NASP program was launched in Kentucky in 2002.  Since that date 47 U.S. states, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia have adopted it.

For additional details regarding NASP in Ohio, visit wildohio.com

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