The largest youth archery competition in Alabama, the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship will be held Thursday, April 26, 2007 in the North Hall of the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham. Nearly 800 young archers in Grades 4-12 from schools across the state will be competing in the event with hopes that their school’s team will advance to the United States Invitational Championship in June.
The NASP is a joint venture between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the Alabama Department of Education promoting student education and participation in the lifelong sport of archery as part of a school’s physical education course and after school programs. Over 100 Alabama schools take part in the NASP.
At Thursday’s NASP State Championship, there will be two flights – 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – and the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Scoring is based on Olympic style, target archery in three divisions – elementary, middle and high school. Competition is on team and individual levels.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com