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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Five of USA Archery's Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) clubs expressed excitement to have been awarded Ann Hoyt/Jim Easton JOAD Grants, which provide clubs with funds to support equipment, supplies, and coaching certification costs.
The Ann Hoyt/ Jim Easton JOAD Grants are made possible thanks to archery legend Ann Hoyt and current supporter of youth archery Jim Easton. Contributions from the Ann Hoyt Legacy Fund allow JOAD clubs to request funds for items such as target bales, stands, archery equipment, general supplies, and coaching certifications.
The following JOAD Clubs were awarded Grants in this final award cycle for 2014:
o Colorado Springs JOAD - Colorado Springs, CO
o Heartland JOAD - Bloomington, IN
o ASG Archery Club - Stockbridge, GA
o JOAD of Louisville - Prospect, KY
o LOGA Archers - Eatonton, GA
"Small start up clubs, like ours, have a hard time bringing new people into the sport because of lack of equipment for them to use while learning," explained Renee Grant of LOGA Archers. "All of our current youth are competitive shooters with specialized equipment and it is not exactly the best for a beginner. Our youth are looking forward to inviting friends from school, church and their neighborhoods to come to practice. This grant will allow us the opportunity to invite those young people to come and try archery and for us to be prepared for them to stay!"
Karin Bock, Head Coach of Colorado Springs JOAD, agreed: "Our JOAD program has grown to an everyday after school program. We currently have more than 100 children enrolled and have outgrown our little range, equipment and target butts. Luckily for us, the building that we are in has space that we are expanding into, so we don't have to move. Even luckier for us, we were awarded this grant so now we can buy more bows and some more target butts."
The 2014 Grant cycle is over, but Clubs are encouraged to look for more information on 2015 Grants, which will be posted soon at this link.
Questions may be directed to Outreach Program Coordinator Jon Taylor: [email protected]
Cover photo: Stock image. Courtesty Warrior Games: US Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles Leverette marks arrows in target
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