Students from across South Dakota will have a chance to show off their archery skills at the Fourth Annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament on Saturday, April 6.

The tournament, sponsored by South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, will begin at 8 a.m. MDT at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Barnett Arena, in Rapid City and will conclude with a trophy ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

More than 500 students will compete for individual and team honors in three age divisions. The top three individual and team winners will receive trophies, and each of the overall individual winners will also be awarded a free bow, compliments of GFP. Students who participate in NASP within their schools or home-school program are eligible for the competition.

“It’s gratifying to see so many schools introduce the sport of archery into their curriculum,” said Jason Kool, NASP coordinator for GFP. “Studies have shown that students who participate in NASP like school better and have excellent school attendance. NASP is a great partnership between GFP and local school districts.”

There is no admission charge, and the public is invited to the archery tournament. Volunteers who want to help with the tournament may contact outdoorprogramming@gmail.com or call 605-220-2130.

Logo courtesy South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

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