A physical education curriculum entitled "Archery: On Target for Life" was co-created in Kentucky in 2002 by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources. The objective was to engage more students in the educational process to improve classroom performance and reduce drop out rates. The NASP was then created.
Kentucky has now enrolled over 800 schools in their program and NASP is now recognized as the leader in implementing school archery programs.
In February of 2004, the first teacher training workshop in our state was held at Deerlake Middle School in Leon County. Florida became the 24th state to offer the National Archery in the Schools Program in the physical education curriculum.
There are now 43 states, plus Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and some Canadian provinces participating in NASP. Internationally, more than 5.2 million children have participated in the NASP program in their schools. The goal is to have all 50 states on-board in 2009.
Our goals in Florida are to exceed 200 schools by the end of 2009 (we are currently at 174), and to hold our third State NASP Tournament in February of 2010.
The 2009 NASP National Tournament was held in the Louisville (KY) Convention Center. On May 8 and 9, 4,565 youth participated to break the world record for the largest archery tournament in history! The kids competed for awards, trophies and scholarships.