About National Archery in the Schools
More than 200 Nebraska schools currently offer the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) for their 4-12 grade students. Each year more than 25,000 Nebraska students participate in a NASP course in their math, history or physical education class, and the program continues to expand.
Nebraska Game and Parks schedules teacher training workshops as needed. Training workshops generally last eight hours and have been incorporated into teacher in-service workshops in many districts. Once completed, teachers receive national certification to teach basic target archery. Grants for equipment are available for interested schools.
For youth participants, one of the highlights of NASP is participating in the state archery tournament each spring in Lincoln.
The benefits of archery to youth are numerous and included enhanced self-esteem, self respect and patience; development of fine motor skills; and greater enjoyment of P.E. class, including for youth who are physically impaired or disabled. Additionally, boys and girls participate — and excel — in archery at similar rates.
More information on the program and the benefits of archery is available on the official NASP website.
2018 state tournament
Each March, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hosts a state NASP tournament in Lincoln, which is attended by young archers from across the state. It is estimated that 800-900 students will participate during the 2018 tournament, which will be held on Saturday, March 24, at Speedway Sporting Village.
Get involved in NASP
For more details, to learn about equipment grants or to apply, email Aaron Hershberger or call him at 402-471-6144.