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Archery Honors Up for Grabs at 2018 GFP-NASP Tournaments

PIERRE, S.D. – Young people from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 9th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournaments. This year’s two tournaments will include both a bull’s eye target tournament and a 3D target tournament.

The bull’s eye target tournament will be held on Saturday, March 24, at East Middle School in Rapid City. The 3D target tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 at the NFAA/Easton Archery Facility in Yankton.

The tournaments are sponsored by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and will host hundreds of young archers from across the state. Students will compete for individual and team honors in three age divisions. The top three individual and team winners will receive trophies, and the overall individual winners from the bull’s eye target tournament will receive a free custom-made bow courtesy of GFP. All students receive a free tournament t-shirt.

Students who participate in NASP within their schools or home school program are eligible for the competition.

“It’s gratifying to see so many schools introduce the sport of archery into their curriculum,” said Patrick Klotzbach, NASP Coordinator for GFP. “Studies have shown that students who participate in NASP like school better and attend school more often. NASP is a great partnership between GFP and local school districts.”

There is no charge to attend the tournaments, and the public is welcome. Individuals who wish to volunteer with the tournament may contact outdoorprogramming@gmail.com or call 605.220.2130.