Williamsburg, KY – Scholastic 3-D Archery has added another level of leadership within the program by implementing Northern and Southern National Coordinator positions. The job of the Northern National Coordinator will be to increase communication from the national to local level, as well as ensure that there is consistency in following the rules, mission, and ethical stance of the S3DA program. “We want to ensure that the S3DA program is being implemented in the same manner, with rules equally carried out, across the United States. We also want to support our individual states to ensure they have the necessary information, and assistance, to carry out this mission,” said S3DA Executive Director, Jennie Richardson. The position of Northern National Coordinator will be fulfilled by Kim Rigney of Springfield, IL.
Rigney says, “My dad got me involved in hunting and archery in my twenties. I met my husband, Gary, at the local archery shop while sighting in my hunting bow and married him in that same shop 6 months later. Some of my greatest memories of my dad are riding to the woods, sharing a meal during a hunt, being there when he got the big one and recounting all the great hunting stories that got better every time they were told! We were lucky enough to share hunts using black powder guns, compound bows, and handguns in Illinois.”
Kim became a certified USA Archery Instructor in 2013, attended the National Coach’s Symposium, as well as worked with the MASP (Military Adapted Sports Program) serving as a Compound Coach for the SOCOM (Special Operations Command) Team for the Warrior Games, established in 2010to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and expose them to adaptive sports. She attended one of the very first S3DA Basic Training classes in Monroe, LA in 2013 and started RSA (Rigney’s School of Archery) S3DA club shortly thereafter. She felt the chance to become an S3DA club was very valuable because it was one of the programs whose rules were the easiest to decipher, affordable for students and coaches, offered insurance benefits, and the ability to operate as a club outside of a specific school.
She firmly believes in the S3DA program and its ability to encourage and grow the next generation of archers, hunters, and conservationists. She says, “I am excited to accept this new role with S3DA. I have seen first-hand the difference archery and hunting can make in a young person’s life. A successful archery or youth hunting experience usually involves a mentor relationship. These relationships can instill determination, motivation to pursue excellence, and confidence to achieve more than ever believed possible, all while teaching lifelong lessons of patience, diligence, respect, conservation, work ethic, and fair play. I look forward to being a resource to our S3DA families, Directors, Coordinators, and Coaches. This role has been created to create more consistency to the S3DA programs and events across the Nation at every level. I look forward to increasing communication, documenting best practices, and creating collaborative groups.
Started in December 2012 by the Scholastic Archery Association, S3DA has grown exponentially as a next step program to follow introductory programs offered as part of 4-H or the National Archery in Schools Program. S3DA addresses the need for a program to bridge beginning target archery experience and more advanced activities such as 3-D shooting and bowhunting. The program currently operates across the United States with hundreds of certified coaches serving
thousands of young archers, grades 3–12.
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