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Olympic Archery Training In Alabama Middle School
March 05, 2003
The State Department of Education and the Conservation Department’s Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries developed a partnership to conduct a pilot program similar to
Twenty-one middle school physical education teachers became certified archery instructors on
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The 12-hour training program was presented by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries archery instructors with assistance from Rod White a two-time Olympic archery medalist.
During the training, physical education teachers learn about archery history, safety, shooting form, and competition. The teachers learn, for example, that the National Safety Council rates target archery safer than football, baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer and even ping-pong.
To qualify for the program, each school must agree to utilize a unit of study called, “Archery: On Target for Life.” The school must also send its physical education teachers to a 12-hour National Archery Association instructor-training course. Each participating school also agrees to purchase a standard set of modern archery equipment designed for safety, universal fit, and ease of use. The equipment kit retails for $4,800 but thanks to support from several manufacturers within the archery industry, it can be purchased from Brennan Industries for $2,410.50. Brennan Industries manufactures the bow used in the “Archery in Schools Program.”
Commissioner Barnett Lawley of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources stated, “I am excited about this partnership between the State Department of Education and the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. This is an opportunity to positively influence thousands of young Alabamians and provide them with the ingredients to become involved in a life skill that has no barriers. Unlike many school activities, students of all sizes can easily be involved in archery.”
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