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2013 has been a year of building, in the literal sense, for the Easton Foundations
In order to accommodate the ever increasing number of current and future archers, the Foundations are building two new state of the art archery centers, one at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista and the other in Salt Lake City.
Our existing center in Newberry, FL is also expanding its role and has been has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee as a Community Olympic Development Program. The Easton Newberry Sports Complex becomes one of only 10 programs nationwide to receive this designation by the USOC for its ability to train coaches and athletes, and provide world-class venues in the sport of archery. This is the Easton Foundations’ first operating center to be awarded this designation.
In addition to our own Centers, the Easton Foundations has committed to fund various archery building projects across the US.
Archery continues its appeal to an ever broadening audience with characters ranging from Princess Merida in Brave to Daryl in The Walking Dead and even reality TV programming has entered the mix with Nock Out on the NBC Sports Channel. The future promises more archery in the media with Laura Croft wielding a bow and arrow, instead of guns, in the Tomb Raider Video games; the return of Legolas with his bow in the Hobbit; and of course Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The Easton Foundations are excited to be part of all the enthusiasm and growth in this sport. To support this increased interest in Archery, the Foundations continues to fund a variety of programs and facility projects. As part of its grass roots efforts, the Easton Foundations funded $900,000 in grants to various Archery Camps, Clubs, Neighborhood & Youth programs, Parks & Recreation facilities and Schools and to the construction and improvement of archery facilities. The Easton Foundations maintains its commitment to prior grant recipients with donations totaling $1.7M to groups including NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program), JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development), NFAAF(National Field Archery Association Foundations), USA Archery, and US Collegiate Archery Association.
The Foundations also supported Archery directly with over $2.7M in funding to its OAS (Olympic Archery in Schools) program and to its existing Easton Archery centers and programs in Newberry, FL and Van Nuys, CA.
While Archery is the focus of the Easton Foundations, our mission also includes giving back (for the 2012-3 fiscal year over $450,000) to all the sports that Jim Easton and the Easton Companies have been a part of, including Baseball, Softball, Cycling and Ice Hockey, as well as charitable gifts to the community in general.
As archery participation grows, the funding of programs and facilities is only the beginning. The next step for the Easton Foundations will be about sustaining and reinforcing this growth through a focus on coaching. The Foundations plans to broaden its support of coaches to help realize the wide-ranging potential for archery.
It’s been an exhilarating year and we look forward to being a part of the excitement about archery into 2014 and beyond.
By: Caren Sawyer
LINKS TO OTHER EASTON FOUNDATIONS SITES
Archery is a great way to be with friends and learn a new sport that’s as old as history itself and changing every day. Whether your goal is to relax with a fun archery game, or develop skills to excel in world competition, archery has it all. For more information, please go to www.discoverarchery.org.
Easton Foundations Archery Centers
The Easton Foundations Archery Centers are a network of regional training facilities working together for archery excellence. Operated through local partners, developed to serve archery on a regional basis but with a combined international reach, the Easton Foundations Archery Centers are here to serve your needs whether your goal is towards recreation and lifestyle, or toward Olympic Gold. For more information, please go to www.eastonarcherycenters.org.
Olympic Archery in the Schools
Olympic Archery in the Schools (OAS) is a unique program created by the Easton Sports Development Foundation. The program organizes inter-school archery leagues and competitions so that youth have the opportunity to participate and excel in the sport of Olympic-style Archery.
Through this program, we hope to develop future Olympic team members and gold medal hopefuls. Although Olympic-level archers will be a small percentage of those who participate, everyone can enjoy the sport of archery. To achieve this, OAS provides archery equipment, coach training, insurance, and more to Middle Schools and High Schools so that they can field a full archery team in our league. League games use a unique competition format that focuses on match play which is exciting for both the archers and spectators. After-school clubs and PE units can also be offered during the off-season so that more students have the opportunity to participate in the sport. Great care has been given to the OAS Program so that all of these resources, from Olympic-style bows to a comprehensive coach education program, give students a strong foundation in Olympic-style archery that will prepare them for a life-long enjoyment of the sport. We hope students will carry their passion for archery on to other programs like the Junior Dream Team, college programs, or even the Olympics.
For more information, please go to www.olympicarcheryinschools.org.