From the National Archery in the Schools Program
-- The largest archery event in the world will be held May 13 and 14 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville when 400 student teams from 34 states will compete for individual medals, trophies, banners and plaques.
With the close of registration April 25, a total of 6,956 boys and girls from 4th through the 12th grades are currently registered, a total participation eclipsing the 2010 world record.
Every team registered for the tournament qualified for NASP® Nationals at their state's tournament.
NASP® is a coed activity, and this year 33 percent or 2,787 of the registered participants are girls. Teams and their parents, coaches, sponsors and fans will fill local hotels and restaurants for several days.
Flights of shooters will dominate the more than 1,250 feet-also a world record-target range inside the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center starting May 13, at 9 a.m. Competition ends May 14 at 6 p.m. with the Scholarship Shoot-Off and awards ceremony.
The event is open to the public. General admission is $5 for all those over age 12, which provides access to more than 40 exhibitors on the show floor. Exhibits range from archery related businesses to adventure tourism activities.
This year the exhibit floor and the tournament are co-sponsored by the Kentucky Tourism Development Cabinet and its Adventure Tourism section. NASP® conducts the event with support from its host partner, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
NASP® also partners with 47 state fish and wildlife agencies and the District of Columbia in this 8th National tournament.
NASP® sponsors provided much of the equipment and targets to build the mammoth indoor archery range. NASP® began with 21 Kentucky middle schools in March 2002 and has grown to nearly 9,000 schools and 2,000,000 student archer athletes this school year.
More than one hundred volunteers will be on hand to help conduct this year's tournament.