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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - In the spring of 2017, with the generous support of Easton Foundations, USA Archery awarded Explore Archery grants to twelve different communities in Michigan and New York. Several months later, USA Archery is excited to report the successes of these programs.
Each grant, valued at $4,000, provided a complete equipment kit and the Explore Archery program curriculum, materials and achievement awards. Two staff members from each community were also certified as USA Archery Level 2 Instructors.
Jason Spiller, Director, Southeastern Livingston County Recreation Authority (SELCRA, Michigan) commented: "In the Spring we had a very successful program with 39 participants.This summer we continued the program offering more beginner classes as well as an adaptive program for students with disabilities." SELCRA also has created a JOAD Club for students who are ready to progress to the excitement of competitive archery.
Bryan Wilkinson volunteered as a coach with the Adaptive Archery class through SELCRA. He shared: "I also coach a handcycling team and a wheelchair tennis team, and I am excited to have more of my students try archery." Bryan was able to refer to USA Archery and Disabled Sports USA'sAdaptive Archery Manualwhile coaching to the benefit of his students who were able to able to successfully participate.
Craig Ross, Recreation Supervisor for Town of Henrietta (New York) commented on the success of their grant: "I would like to thank USA Archery for offering this grant. I feel we have had tremendous success so far with this program and feel the community is excited about it! We offered the program in the summer as a pilot program for a three week session, it was full with 20 participants very quickly. The program went great and the kids had an awesome experience. We also have had an interest from some seniors that attend our Senior Center, and we are going to offer a session to them this fall to see how they like it."
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