National archery tournament begins today at Kentucky Exposition Center
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 8, 2014) — The National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament returns to Louisville today through Saturday, bringing a record-breaking number of archers to the Kentucky Exposition Center.
In 2012, this event was certified by Guinness World Records as the largest archery tournament in the world with 7,804 archers. In 2013 they broke their own record with 9,426 archers. This year more than 10,800 archers are registered, representing 39 states including Alaska.
Shooting flights begin today at 4:45 p.m. and start at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. In addition, a scholarship shoot-off and awards ceremony will follow Saturday’s competition. The National Archery in the Schools Program will award scholarship money to five boys and five girls totaling $77,000.
New this year, in partnership with the International Bowhunting Organization, students will compete in an additional 3-D archery competition. Using the same equipment and distances as standard competition, the students will shoot at foam animals instead of targets.
The National Archery in the Schools Program gives students an opportunity to learn and practice outdoor skills. Started by Kentucky Departments of Fish & Wildlife Resources and Department of Education, the program has spread to 47 states and 14 countries. More than 2,000,000 students participate annually.
Tickets are $5 per person (ages 8 and up). Also archery, outdoor and interactive shooting exhibits will be available. Parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center is $8 per vehicle.
For more information, visit naspschools.org.