Friday, August 3, 2012
IPS joins Archery in the Schools program
The National Archery in the Schools Program in Indiana is adding the state's largest school corporation-Indianapolis Public Schools-this year, increasing the program's enrollment to 250 schools and more than 40,000 participating students.
Indiana NASP is designed to teach International-style target archery in physical education classes in grades 4-12. Core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening physical fitness and self improvement.
Since its inception in 2002, the program has brought the sport of archery to more than 10 million students in 10,000 schools across the United States and in other countries.
Research indicates students participating in NASP show improvement in self-confidence, motivation, behavior and academic performance.
Participating students shoot at bull's-eye targets placed in front of an arrow curtain in their gymnasium. They use state-of-the-art equipment designed to fit every student.
In Indiana, this youth archery program is offered by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement, which provides the majority of funding with support from the Archery Trade Association (ATA) and NASP.
Before presenting the two-week archery course, teachers participate in the NASP Basic Archery Instructor Training Program. Forty-four teachers from Indianapolis Public Schools recently completed the eight-hour course and are certified to bring NASP to their classrooms in the coming school year.
Additional training is scheduled for later this year to certify more IPS teachers, bringing more than 60 IPS schools into the program.
Tim Beck, Indiana Hunter Education, Indiana NASP Coordinator, (812) 482-3093.