NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center
The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center, NEYAC, has had a very busy first quarter of 2016. The focus of NEYAC has been outreach and education. Working toward that goal, it has partnered with several local and state organizations to highlight the influence the Center has on bringing sports tourism to the city and expose the community of Yankton to the opportunities of the world of archery. This year alone NEYAC has hosted a large variety of local group classes and corporate events. Additionally, NEYAC programmed a Holiday Archery series which function as ‘Try Archery” events that allow community members to explore the sport and tour the Center with fun holiday-themed archery games such as Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day.
In early March NEYAC welcomed over 40 members of Leadership South Dakota’s 2016 class to tour the facility and learn about the championships that bring national and international tourism to the state. Attendees also had the chance to experience one of the many corporate team-building activities NEYAC offers. Following the lead of tourist attraction, the Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau named NEYAC one of its Great 8, a title granted to the top travel destinations found in the Yankton area. Earlier this year NEYAC’s Center Director, Bruce Cull was awarded the Yankton Chamber of Commerce’s Dorion Tourism Award for his pivotal efforts to put Yankton on the world stage as a top archery venue.
NEYAC has also seen successful partnerships this quarter with two U.S. Collegiate Archery Association events – Collegiate Indoor Nationals and Outdoor Regionals in February and April, respectively. NEYAC was also the host site for the National Archery in the Schools Program, NASP East River State Championships which brought in over 150 archers and is expected to grow each year with the continued expansion of the NASP program in South Dakota. 2016 was also the start of a new youth tournament dubbed the Midwest Youth Archery Invitational, which brought together archers from various programs including JOAD, 4H and NASP. This event welcomed archers from 4 states in the region and introduced many young archers to the team round competition formats.
Keeping with its title as one of the largest archery centers in the world, NEYAC has already been host to record-breaking events in the past 3 months. In April it was the host site of the South Dakota Archers Association, SDAA, State Indoor Championships and a record turnout of over 220 archers, which were able to shoot in a single shooting time on the second day of scoring. This capacity to host an ever-growing pool of archers in the state prompted the SDAA to grant NEYAC this championship for the next ten years.
Also in April, NEYAC welcomed the Easton Operating Centers and Affiliates to the first ever Easton Foundations Center Manager’s Summit which gathered managers, assistant managers and coaches from all 12 centers and affiliates from across the US. This inaugural event was designed as a way to share ideas, programs and provide training for centers to facilitate their development and influence in our respective archery communities. Not only was it a beneficial experience, but it was also very fun to have everyone come together.
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