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Pennsylvania state park supports NASP efforts.

As a passionate archer, I made it my business to get involved with the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) in my home state of Pennsylvania because this program reaches kids of all physical and economic abilities. It improves self-esteem and confidence, and it teaches discipline, respect, and concentration.

This year, as a state director for Ted Nugent's United Sportsmen of America (TNUSA), I attended a public forum on reconnecting to the outdoors commissioned by Governor Ed Rendell. At that meeting, I suggested that archery be added to Presque Isle State Park's annual outdoors event in July.


Al Towler, PA's with state NASP coordinator and I, along with NASP, worked together to make it happen. With help from LimbSaver, Rinehart Targets, Morrell Targets, BCY Fibers, Gold Tip, and Hoyt, we had enough equipment to accommodate a large crowd.

We set up two 3-D ranges--one for kids and inexperienced adults, one for experienced shooters. Over a 20-hour period, the event attracted some 1,200 new shooters, with another 800 observing and asking questions. The staff making this possible consisted of Al Towler, Lyrch (Paul Thompson), John MacEwan, Bob Kightlinger, Howard Stewart, Trevor Russell, and Dave Russell. Local country radio station 93.9 FM broadcast the message and supported the event.

Presque Isle State Park Superintendent Harry Leslie said, "Thank you for such an excellent program this past weekend at Discover Presque Isle, and for making NASP available to thousands of children and adults during the festival."

Contributed by Tim Case, NWPA regional administrator PA NASP and creator of Discover Archery,
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Title Annotation:Bowhunter's Journal: A LOG OF BOWHUNTING NEWS, ISSUES, AND EVENTS
Author:Case, Tim
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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