14 Youth Teams to Represent Ohio at 2008 National Archery Champioships

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Ohio ranks second in the number of students participating in the tournament

COLUMBUS, OH – Three hundred and fourteen Ohio elementary, middle, and high school students, encompassing 14 teams, will participate in the May 10 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

Approximately 3,000 students from across the nation will compete, making it the largest youth archery tournament in North America. Ohio is second only to Kentucky in the number of students participating in the national competition.

“The level of participation and professionalism that our students bring to this event says a great deal about the strength of Ohio’s National Archery in the Schools Program, as well as the strength and dedication of the schools, coaches, students, administrators, parents, and volunteers who support it,” said Kevin Dixon, shooting sports coordinator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife and administrator for the Ohio NASP. “Every one of them has earned the right to represent a school and Ohio in this event and it’s a responsibility they can be proud of.”

School teams and individuals earn the right to participate in the national event by winning their division or by achieving a minimum qualifying score in their respective state competitions. If an individual archer was not part of a qualifying team, but finished in the top five in their division they may participate. Ohio will have two individual archers attending the national tournament.

Kentucky originated the NASP in 2002. Ohio has participated in the program since 2004.