More than 1,300 student archers from schools around the state will compete at the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) fifth annual state tournament on March 28 and 29 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The public is welcome to attend in support of participants.
MoNASP is an affiliate of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) and promotes education, self-esteem, and physical activity for students in grades 4-12 through participation in the sport of archery. MoNASP is coordinated through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) in partnership with more than 330 participating schools and numerous supporting organizations throughout the state. More than 67,000 Missouri students participate in the program.
More than 4,100 student archers around the state have competed so far this winter in local tournaments with the hope of qualifying for one of the 1,300 spots at the state tournament. Student archers who shoot qualifying scores at the state tournament will earn spots at the NASP national tournament this spring in Louisville, Ky.
“Missouri is a great place to hunt and fish, and now it’s a great place for shooting sports too,” said MDC MoNASP Coordinator Eric Edwards. “MoNASP not only teaches students the lifetime recreational skills that come from archery, but it also helps them excel in the classroom.”
For more information, including participating schools and communities, visit mdc.mo.gov and search “MoNASP.”
Image courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation