From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
-- Four hundred and thirty-eight Ohio elementary, middle, and high school students, encompassing 19 teams, will participate in the May 8 and 9 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Championships in Louisville, Ky.
Approximately 4,800 students from across the nation will compete, making it the largest youth archery tournament in North America. Ohio is second only to Kentucky in the number of students participating in the national competition.
"The level of participation and professionalism that our students bring to this event says a great deal about the strength of Ohio's National Archery in the Schools Program, as well as the strength and dedication of the schools, coaches, students, administrators, parents, and volunteers who support it," said Kevin Dixon, shooting sports coordinator for the Division of Wildlife. "Every one of them has earned the right to represent a school and Ohio in this event and it's a responsibility they can be proud of."
School teams and individuals earn the right to participate in the national event by winning their division or by achieving a minimum qualifying score in their respective state competitions.
Kentucky originated the NASP in 2002. Ohio has participated in the program since 2004. NASP is in 46 states, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.