June 27, 2022
The Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky was home to the final 2022 in-person national-level tournament for the National Archery in the Schools Program. The combined events included 2,300 archers from 31 states competing in the Open Championship Tournament in both Bullseye and the NASP® IBO 3-D Challenge competition held June 23-25.
NASP® President Tommy Floyd said, “We are grateful to have returned to our in-person tournament series following several seasons affected by the pandemic. We anticipate that the participation next year will be even stronger! It is wonderful to see the families and teams entering the tournament area and see the smiles on the faces of student archers in pursuit of excellence and sportsmanship. These tournaments are a culminating event for the initial lessons that students learned in school. Many of these student archers have been gathering with their teams and practicing since last fall. It continues to be amazing to see what NASP® and IBO are doing for the shooting sports, and for young people across the country.”
This year’s Open Championship event included a bullseye competition with 2,202 archers from 31 states demonstrating their archery skills shooting at an 80 cm bullseye target face. The competition had excellent scores posted by both individuals and teams. NASP® awarded (15) $500 scholarships to randomly selected student archers at the end of each flight throughout the entire bullseye competition. At the beginning of the awards ceremony, a scholarship shoot-off was also held featuring the top 5 overall male and female bullseye archers. These top student archers qualified in the combined results of the Western and Eastern National Tournament. The winners of each gender took home: 1st place $5,000, 2nd place $4,000, 3rd place $3,000, 4th place $2,000, and 5th place $1,000; all qualifiers were guaranteed $1000. NASP® is incredibly grateful to its many “medal level” and “partner” level sponsors who help make these scholarships possible. These scholarships enable each recipient to stop and consider their post-secondary opportunities when the time arrives. NASP® is absolutely committed to student success – both on the range and in the classroom! For more information on the 2022 Open Championship bullseye results, please visit: https://nasptournaments.org/tournamentDetail.aspx?tid=8732
Along with the bullseye competition, the NASP® IBO 3D Challenge competition was conducted with 1,138 students from 26 states participating. This exciting and challenging competition is rapidly growing across the country and 2022 presented a real increase in the states offering this, along with bullseye competition. Ryan Bass, IBO Vice President and Director said, “The IBO is excited to be back at the Open Championship and offer the 3D Challenge to our wonderful student archers. This event is the second star of our Three-Star Challenge series that will conclude at the IBO World Championships in August to be held at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. Our partnership with NASP® has enabled the IBO to bring 3D archery to thousands of NASP® archers from across the country. The amount of growth that we are experiencing in 2022, makes us so excited about the days ahead for this wonderful sport.”
For a complete list of all Open and Championship 3D Challenge results, please visit: https://nasptournaments.org/tournamentDetail.aspx?tid=8733
For more information on NASP®, please visit: https://www.naspschools.org/
For more information about the IBO, please visit: https://www.ibo.net