News from the NFAA Easton Archery Center in Yankton, SD
The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center has had an exciting year planning and balancing a wide variety of international, national, sectional, state and local events. From the World Archery Youth Championship to record numbers at the R100, Ted Nugent Kamp 4 Kids, USAA National Field and NFAA National Target Nationals; the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center is a busy and exciting archery destination.
In June, the Center hosted the World Archery Youth Championships. Over 500 archers and coaches from 51 countries gathered in Yankton for seven days of official competition. Yankton’s state-of-the-art facility, with 8 outdoor fields dedicated to archery as well as an indoor range where archers can shoot a full 90 meters, garnered a unanimous vote from World Archery to host this prestigious event. The event ran from June 8 to June 14 and with the dedicated work of the local organizing committee and over 800 volunteers, the event was a resounding success for the Center, the community of Yankton and World Archery.
In September, the Center hosted its 6th Annual Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids. TNK4K is held in partnership with Ted Nugent and promotes hands on, outdoor values to youth. With nearly 200 kids and parents participating, 30 sponsors and numerous volunteers; it was another successful camp. Although Ted was not able to attend, the kids enjoyed several outdoor activities, including slingshot, air rifle, bow birds, Olympic archery, first aid, trap, waterfowl, and 3D archery.
The following weekend proved to be one of the busiest in the Center’s history, simultaneously hosting the NFAA National Outdoor Target Championships, the USA Archery National Field Championships and an outdoor wedding. Both of the two-day tournaments began September 26 and concluded with an awards ceremony September 27. More than 215 archers competed in the NFAA Target Nationals. The wedding took place on our newly built 3D archery deck.
The first week in November, six young ladies will be representing the United States at the 2nd Annual Binational Games in Tijuana, Mexico. They will be competing in the Youth and Young Adult Female Compound divisions. The event includes over a dozen outdoor sports, including archery. We are so proud that these ladies will be representing the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center as they gain experience in international competition and interact with archers from around the world.
The Center is quickly transitioning from outdoor shooting to indoor as the temperatures are falling. Shivers and Quivers kicked off the Holiday Tournament Series in celebration of Halloween. This event was free for kids, ages 7-14. The Yankton Center also hosted its 4th Annual I Shoot for the Girls Tournament, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In November, the Shoot Out Hunger Thanksgiving Shoot will feature a food drive to benefit the Contact Center Food Pantry of Yankton. In December, The Toys for Kids Archery Shoot, in partnership with the Yankton Police Department, will provide Christmas gifts to children in need in the Yankton area. Competitors are asked to bring an unwrapped children’s toy as part of the competition fee. The Toys for Kids holiday gift-giving program of the United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton will help in distributing the collected toys.
In addition to archery, the facility is used for a multitude of events throughout the year. Facility rentals are continuing to grow at the Yankton center. This past year, the facility has been utilized by many local businesses through corporate parties, soccer practices, a circus, a gymnastics fundraiser, a rock concert, Zumba classes, art classes, karate lessons, birthday parties, training courses and several other community events. A Try Archer station has been very popular at these events and it is a great way to introduce the sport to individuals outside of the normal reach. A large focus at the Yankton Center is to encourage the community to visit the facility and give archery a try. Every Saturday morning, Try Archery classes are held for a small fee of $5. Weekly try archery classes are held for local university students. These are great feeders to the adult and youth archery instruction programs.
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