You may be surprised to learn that more youngsters are drawing a bow than swinging a bat in Little League baseball. The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is growing by leaps and bounds due to great student interest and the simple enjoyment of the sport. May 9 was National Archery in the Schools Day and teams around the country competed with great excitement involving more than 17 million students. Here are the full details from Ammoland.

This past March a home school teacher in Greenville, South Carolina, Colleen Pusateri contacted the National Archery in the Schools Program.

She thought archery deserved a “special day”.

Ms. Pusateri, coach of the Hurricanes School Archery teams remarked, “NASP enables us to bring children together to participate in a safe and competitive archery community creating friendships, memories and skill sets that will last a lifetime.”

1397151964[1]By the end of that day, NASP had arranged with the “National Day Calendar” group to establish the 2nd Saturday of May as “National Archery Day”. NASP did this to celebrate the millions of student archer graduates and current and future participants in it’s in-school archery program. According to the Archery Trade Association, archery participation in the U.S. has nearly tripled from about 7 million to 19 million archers in just over a decade.

Setting aside the 2nd Saturday in May is significant in the archery realm. This is the day the largest competitive archery tournament in the world conducts its award ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky.

The 12th annual National Archery in the Schools Program’s (NASP) national tournament will be May 7-9 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This event has set, broke and re-established the Guinness World Record for the largest archery tournament on the planet. NASP itself has been one of the fastest growing shooting sports programs for the past 14 years. Nearly two and a half million students participate in NASP annually. More kids than even everyone’s favorite, Little League Baseball! Obviously, archery has become a very big deal for millions of kids, parents, and teachers throughout the United States.

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