Setting a world record for largest archery tournament, more than 12,000 students recently took part in the national archery championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

The National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament has grown exponentially since it began in 2002, now represented by 762 schools from every state in the country including Alaska. Drawing on a wide range of participants from those who grew up hunting to others less physically active and even with disabilities, archery offers fun competition for kids of all ages.

In addition to the national competition, the program helps bring archery classes to school districts and local communities around the country. President Roy Grimes told the Sportsman’s channel that teachers say the program has a lasting impact on their students. 

“Teachers say program makes it easier for them to improve the studnets motivation, behavior, attitudes, attendance,” he said. “They tell us after learning archery 40 percent are willing to try other sports. These are studnets who had given up on themselves, but now they can do something. It’s difficult enough to have some accomplishment to it.”

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