Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation
The National Archery in the Schools Program will hold its 2013 NASP World Championship in St. Louis next summer, attracting more than 2,000 student archers. The event will be held June 28-30, 2013, in the America's Center and Edward Jones Dome.
The Missouri Department of Conservation, which coordinates Missouri's participation in the Archery in the Schools Program, is hoping the event will spur a spike in participation in the sport. The event has previously been held in Orlando, Fla.
"We are incredibly excited for our MoNASP student archers about having the NASP World Championship in St. Louis," said Eric Edwards, the conservation department's Archery in the Schools coordinator. "The new location will be much more affordable and convenient."
Nearly all kids, regardless of age, size or physical ability, can succeed at archery, Edwards said.
"Kids love archery, and archery helps kids excel," Edwards said. "School archery programs improve school attendance, increase participants' self-esteem and physical activity, relate to learning subject matter, appeal to a great variety of students, get kids out-of-doors to discover nature, and can become a popular after-school activity."
More than 35 St. Louis, Mo., area schools participate and three metro east schools participate in the program.