The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) expect a record participation of more than 1,600 student archers (up from 1,300 as previously reported) from 64 schools around the state to compete at the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) fourth annual state tournament at the University of Central Missouri Multipurpose Building, 500 S. Washington Ave., in Warrensburg. The state tournament was originally scheduled for only Saturday, March 23, beginning at 8 a.m. Due to higher-than-expected participation, additional shooting flights have been added on Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event is free to watch and open to the public.
Student archers who shoot a qualifying score at the state tournament will earn a spot at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Championship in St. Louis June 28-30 at the America Center and Edward Jones Dome.
MoNASP is coordinated through MDC and CFM in partnership with participating schools and numerous supporting organizations throughout the state. MoNASP is an affiliate of NASP and promotes education, self-esteem and physical activity for students in grades 4-12 through participation in the sport of archery.
More than 58,000 Missouri students from 266 schools participate in MoNASP. Since NASP’s beginnings in 2002, more than 10 million students have participated in the program through more than 10,000 schools in 47 states and six countries.
For more information, including participating schools and communities, visit mdc.mo.gov and search “MoNASP.”
Image courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation