The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has been honored bythe National Archery in the Schools Foundation for establishing the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) in five percent of Louisiana schools.

NASP promotes international-style target archery as part of the physical education curriculum in grades 4-12.  The curriculum covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening physical fitness and self improvement.  Students use state of the art equipment to shoot at targets placed before an arrow curtain in the school gymnasium.  Before presenting the 2-week archery course, teachers undergo an 8-hour Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training program that is conducted by LDWF education staff.

NASP has been growing in Louisiana since the introduction of the program in 2005. Over 20,000 students in grades 4-12 receive archery instruction in Louisiana. Attendance at the annual state tournament held for participating schools has doubled every year from the first tournament held in 2008.  In 2011, over 300 archers participated from across the state.  The 2012 state tournament will be held at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.

For more information, contact John Savell or 318-484-2276.

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