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Archery Honors Up for Grabs at 2017 NASP Tournaments





PIERRE, S.D. – Young people from across South Dakota will show off their archery skills at the 8th annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournaments. This year’s two tournaments will include both a bulls-eye target tournament and a 3D target tournament.

The bull’s eye target tournament will be held on Saturday, April 1, at East Middle School in Rapid City. The 3D target tournament is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 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 bulls-eye target tournaments will receive a custom-made bow courtesy of GFP. 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 that 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 can email outdoorprogramming@gmail.com or call 605.220.2130.

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GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.