The goal of The Easton Foundations is to promote and maintain the viability of archery by growing the sport as a mainstream activity at the state, regional and national level. This will be accomplished by developing grassroots programs in communities and schools, supporting college and university programs and through these efforts inspire the next generation of Olympic hopefuls.
The Easton Foundations also serve as a vehicle to encourage and support youth to develop skills in the sports of baseball, softball, ice hockey and cycling.
The Easton Foundations contribute to selected 501(c)(3) charitable groups and universities that share its vision of excellence and innovation in:
- sports programs,
- business and engineering education,
- medical research.
Created by Jim Easton, CEO of Jas. D. Easton, Inc., the Foundations support the building and/or operation of outdoor and indoor archery facilities at city parks, schools, universities and sports complexes throughout the U.S. In addition to these facilities, the Foundations provide programs to train aspiring archers, trainers, coaches and administrators.
The first Easton Sports Development Foundation was created in 1984 with the mission to introduce this lifetime activity and historic Olympic-style sport of archery to more people in Southern California. The success of that effort led to the formation in 2006 of a second Easton foundation, Easton Sports Development Foundation II.
The Easton Foundations sponsor a variety of programs to increase the awareness of archery. Among the programs initiated by ESDF are Olympic Archery in Schools (OAS), which helps schools to initiate archery as part of a physical education curriculum, after school activity, or club. The Foundation also sponsored the 2009 Archery Youth World Cup and 2010 Archery World Cup in Ogden, UT and runs various youth archery programs from its Archery Center in Newberry, FL.
ESDF awards several grants every year to clubs, programs, schools, colleges and universities, and organizations that propose archery-related plans or projects. For more information, please click on Apply for Grants.
Easton Foundations also provides assistance to several high-level archery programs and organizations, such as the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, the U.S. Archery Association (USAA), the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) and the U.S. Collegiate Archery Program (USCA).