The largest youth archery competition in Alabama, the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Alabama State Championship, will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl located at 220 Hall St., Montgomery, Ala., 36104.  Individual groups will begin shooting at 8:30, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. The media and public are invited.

This is the first time the NASP Alabama State Championship will be held in Montgomery. Before coming to the capital city the event was held in Birmingham.

This year’s event will feature more than 1,100 young archers in Grades 4-12 from schools across the state who earned a berth to the state championship after competing in one of six regional qualifying tournaments.  These students will compete for the title of state champion and the opportunity to advance to the National Championship on May 10-11, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.

Since the program was introduced in Alabama in 2003, the state has produced multiple national titles for both teams and individual archers. In 2012, Wendi Thomas, currently a senior at Alma Bryant High School, was the number one female archer at the NASP National Tournament, and Foley Intermediate School brought home top honors in the middle school division.

The NASP is a joint venture between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) and the Alabama Department of Education. NASP instills discipline, concentration, and participants learn a life skill as part of a school’s physical education course or after school programs. Scoring is based on Olympic style, target archery in three divisions – elementary, middle and high school. Competition is on team and individual levels.

The event could not be possible without the generous sponsorships of the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Morrell Manufacturing, the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, Academy Sports + Outdoors and the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions:  Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.  To learn more about ADCNR, visit .

Image courtesy Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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