The National Archery in the School’s Program (NASP®) is excited to invite archers and archery teams from participating NASP® schools, and friends and family to the 2019 Western Nationals. The tournament will take place April 26-27 at the Salt Lake City Exposition Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. This event began in the spring of 2018 to allow archers and their families who reside out west, a more convenient and accessible way to attend and participate at the national tournament. Kentucky has been the host to the national tournament since NASP®’s inception back in 2002, and as attendance increased, participation capacity at the Kentucky Expo Center was exceeded. This capacity challenge was another reason to initiate the western tournament. Roy Grimes, CEO and President of NASP® says, “We have committed to and scheduled the “NASP® Western Nationals” for another three years in Salt Lake City. It is our hope this tournament will be hugely popular with NASP® schools in the Western U.S. and provide opportunity for thousands to participate in this “culminating event” that otherwise would not.”
Spectators and participants, who attend this year’s western event, can expect the same range set up and guidelines from past tournaments. Individual and team awards will be presented just like at the eastern tournament, including: 1st-5th place individual boys and girls, 1st-3rd place teams, overall and overall runner-up boys and girls. The highest-ranking boys and girls will be invited to the scholarship shoot-off for $179,000 worth of scholarship money at the NASP® Open & Championship this summer in Nashville, Tennessee, July 25-27, 2019. Additionally, students who attend the “western” may also qualify for the “Open & Championship” to be held in Nashville, TN. Project Director, Kevin Dixon is excited to see this coming year’s turnout. “The first NASP® Western National Tournament, we saw students from over thirty schools participate for the first time in a national event. We look forward to growing the NASP® Western National over the next three years and providing this great opportunity to an ever increasing number of new schools and students. Thank you to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for helping NASP® make this event possible.”
Individual archers and archery teams who advance from their state level tournament can register online at www.nasptournaments.org. Preregistration begins March 11-29, 2019 and Registration begins April 4, 2019. NASP® looks forward to a record-breaking turnout this spring! For more information on NASP® and tournaments, please visit www.naspschools.org or www.nasptournaments.org
The National Archery in the Schools Program is an in-school program aimed at improving educational performance among students in grades 4th – 12th. And through it students are learning focus, self-control, discipline, patience, and the life lessons required to be successful in the classroom and in life.
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