Brownstown Archery Team Participates in St. Jude’s Saturday Fundraiser

BROWNSTOWN – Brownstown Central Community School Corp.’s inaugural archery tournament. will help children in many ways.

On the one hand, students from the fourth to the final will gain the experience of a competition, even if it is a virtual format.

Second, proceeds from participant donations will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Brownstown is among schools around the world participating in the National School Archery Program’s St. Jude Electronic Championship Charity Tournament Series, which began Feb. 1 and ends Feb. 28.

During this time, schools can hold their own tournament and submit their scores. On March 3, the global results will be published at the three levels: primary, middle school and high school.

The Brownstown archers will compete between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium at Brownstown Central Middle School, 520 W. Walnut St.

Dawn Edwards, NASP coordinator for the BCCSC, said first, second and third place in each division will be awarded.

The public is invited to attend, and it is requested that they donate at least $1 at the door to support Children’s Hospital.

“For me, it was a good way to show them what to expect without the fear and stress of knowing your opponent is literally there and you don’t know that person,” Edwards said. “Also, it benefits St. Jude at the same time, and when I saw that, I was like, ‘That’s it. This is what I need for these children. This gives them for the first time an idea of ​​what is going to happen, of what is expected of them.

Archery began in Brownstown schools in the 2020-2021 school year, as students were introduced to the sport in a physical education classroom unit.

They were also introduced to NASP, which is a school program aimed at improving the academic performance of students in grades 4-12. Through it, students learn the focus, self-control, discipline, patience, and life lessons needed to succeed. in the classroom and in life, according to naspschools.org.

The next step was to give the children the chance to be part of a school archery team. Registrations took place in the fall of 2021 and weekly practices began shortly thereafter.

Edwards said the list had grown to 54 elementary students, 47 middle school students and 12 high school students.

“It’s amazing. It’s astounding,” she said. “I hadn’t realized how important the program was when it was given to me. I had been the one teaching the classes in middle school and here (elementary), but I really had no idea how many students were going to enroll when I set this up.”

What does she attribute to the high numbers?

“I think it’s the NASP process at school,” she said. “We make it fun, we make it challenging, and they learn immediately as soon as we incorporate it into our school system’s physical education session.”

She also said it worked well to give students paperwork to sign up for the team while they were doing the archery unit at PE. That way they could take it to their parents to fill it out and return it.

“The kids were excited, excited because they were getting it in PE and then taking the paperwork home (to join the team),” Edwards said.

The BCCSC list is made up of boys and girls, including a few children with special needs. This makes Edwards especially happy as she is an assistant in the elementary special education class.

“It was fun to watch the kids grow up with good manners because what I’m looking for is good manners and sportsmanship, so they know what’s expected of them,” he said. she declared. “They know I expect them to be polite to each other, to respect each other. They know I mean business. When I’m serious, that’s when- the.

She also enjoyed watching them make new friends and become good teammates and improve their archery skills at the same time.

“They respect the coaching. They respect the rules, the safety of all that. They grew in all sorts of ways,” Edwards said. “Their abilities I saw these kids go from their first shot and there would be a ground covered in arrows to now when they shoot those distances there is no arrow on the ground they will hit the target and now , they brought it to where they enjoy themselves.

On Tuesday, Edwards had more than 60 archers registered for Saturday’s tournament. She expected that number to increase.

Each student will have three sets of five shots each at 10 yards, then do the same at 15 yards.

“I’m scared to death, but I’m also excited,” Edwards said of hosting her first tournament and the students competing for the first time. “The children are delighted. They’re nervous because it’s their first, but they can’t wait for it to happen, so I can’t wait to see how they do. This will give experience to our children, but also help St. Jude. It’s helping children. I think it’s perfect.

Edwards said she is working to schedule at least one tournament per month until the end of the school year. Then the program will resume in August with registrations, and the plan is to compete in NASP qualifying tournaments next year.

“It’s a good way for them to test themselves, to make sure that they are good sportsmen and that they are going to do what they have to do – show respect and honor, show their pride and earn the right and privilege to go to other schools,” she said.

With strong freshman numbers and students now able to earn school credit for spending at least 60 hours in archery in an academic year, Edwards expects the program to continue to grow.

“I expect our numbers to probably double just because we’ll have all the third graders coming into fourth grade,” she said. “Then all of our eighth graders going into ninth grade, of which we have quite a few eighth graders and then 10th and up are all going to be brought into the system because they are going to know about the availability and because they get credit for it.

Yes you to go

What: National Archery in the Schools Program St. Jude E-Championship Charity Tournament Series

When: 1 for 5 pm Saturday

Or: Gymnasium to Brownstown Central Middle school, 520 W Walnut St., Brownstown

Who: Members of the Brownstown Central Community school Corp. archery team in grades 4 for 12 will be compete; the public is guest for assist

Cost: Asked Don of to less $1 for admission with product benefiting St. Jude Children To research Hospital

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Earnest A. Martinez