Texas - National Archery in the Schools Program
Texas - National Archery in the Schools Program promotes student education and participation in the shooting sports. The program’s focus is to provide International-style target archery training in 4th-12th grade physical education classes. The Texas - National Archery in the Schools Program (TASP) is the Texas State affiliate of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) adopted by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Sponsors include many organizations and archery groups. A significant outcome of Texas - National Archery in the Schools Program is an increased interest in bowhunting—a whopping 38% of these new archers show an interest in bowhunting!
Why Use Texas - National Archery in the Schools Program?
To engage more students in school, improve classroom performance and reduce dropout rates. The national school dropout rate is 10%. Most students (88%) who drop out of school indicate they were not involved in extra-curricular activities. Archery taught through Texas - National Archery in the Schools Program is accessible to all students. Educators nationwide are reporting that the National Archery in Schools Program “engages the unengaged” and inspires students to greater achievement in school.
Why is Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Committed to Texas - National Archery in the Schools Program?
To introduce archery as a fun, lifelong activity to young people. In addition to gaining a healthy pastime, future archers and bowhunters will provide needed funding and general support for hunter education and for wildlife conservation efforts. Federal excise taxes on archery equipment directly support hunter education program efforts in Texas through federal assistance in wildlife restoration. Texas - National Archery in the Schools Program is designed to teach archery skills to 40,000+ students each year after the program is established in Texas. Many of these young people will become shooters and shooting supporters. Many will become bowhunters.
- The program began in Texas with 17 trainers and 6 educators trained in September 2004.
- By January 2006, 222 educators have been trained. By January 2011, 1600 educators have been trained.
- Texas Hunter Education Instructor’s Association received a Community Outdoor Outreach Grant Program to support equipment kits in 10 pilot schools in 2005.
- All trainers have received equipment kits to use for training educators through donations from the Archery Trade Association and NASP.
- Archery Industry provides equipment at cost to educators (approx. $3,000 per kit)
- Texas Field Archery Association sponsored the first two statewide competition in Texas in February 2006 and 2007.
- The Texas - National Archery in the Schools Program in Texas officially started on February 1, 2006.