NASP helps school districts in Pennsylvania meet physical education curriculum requirements of the state Department of Education, while at the same time introducing them to the world of competitive archery. Therefore, PGC officials are encouraging all schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).
Last year, 494 students from 23 school districts participated in the NASP state competition. This year, event organizers are expecting nearly 900 students from even more school districts and the 2013 tournament will be the largest NASP tournament to date for the PGC.
Started in Kentucky, in 2002, NASP has spread throughout the United States, and is now reaching around the world, and includes nearly nine million participating students. There are over 10,000 schools participating in NASP in 47 states, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Tournaments are held at the state, national and international levels.
Pennsylvania sent 70 NASP students to the 2012 national competition, which was held in Louisville, Kentucky; and four attended the international event held at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida in October last year.
To get NASP started in a Pennsylvania school, contact Samantha Pedder, at PGC headquarters, at 717-787-4250 (ext. 3327). Also, “PA NASP” can be found on Facebook.
Pennsylvania’s 2013 NASP State Tournament will be held at the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility in University Park. There is no fee to register and registration can be done at the PGC website or directly through the NASP Tournament website. Teams are encouraged to register early this year as space is limited.
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