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Florida's Archery in the Schools Program

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is designed to teach International style target archery in 4th-12th grade physical education classes. Before presenting the 2-week archery course, teachers undergo an 8-hour National Archery in the Schools Program Basic Archery Instructor Training course.

In February 2004, Florida became the 24th state to offer the NASP training that was developed in Kentucky by their Department of Education and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Core content covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement.  In addition, the curriculum provides interesting and creative possibilities for integration with core content in social studies, mathematics, visual arts, history, and English/language arts.

Archery is a non-discriminating sport.  It helps build muscle endurance and flexibility, develop hand-eye-coordination, and grip and body strength. You don't have to be 6-foot 2 and be able to dunk a basketball to participate. Girls can compete with boys, and youngsters with physical disabilities can also participate.

Students who do not normally participate and enjoy sports-related or extra-curricular activities seem to excel in this program--something that invariably carries over into their attitude, work habits and other school activity.  NASP often inspires after school activities shared by families and friends.  The program teaches discipline, respect and self-control.