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MoNASP archers coming to statewide meet in Branson

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MoNASP is a state-wide archery program designed to be taught in schools. Its purpose is to boost students’ physical dexterity and self-confidence. In September, the Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a free classes in Joplin and Springfield for teachers interested in becoming MoNASP instructors.

BRANSON Mo. – The 10th annual Missouri National Archery in Schools Program (MoNASP) state tournament is coming to the Branson Convention Center Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, at the Branson Convention Center, 200 Sycamore St.

About 2,500 student archers from schools around Missouri will be competing in the state tournament. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation are hosts for the event.

New this year, the bullseye and 3D archery tournaments will be at the same venue this year and on the same days. Archers may register for both tournaments at nasptournaments.org. The public is welcome to attend to support the participants. Admission is $10.

MoNASP is coordinated through MDC and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) in partnership with about 620 participating schools and numerous supporting organizations throughout the state. More than 170,000 Missouri students participate in the program. MoNASP is an affiliate of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) and promotes education, self-esteem, and physical activity for students in grades 4-12 through participation in the sport of archery.

“Missouri is a great place to hunt and fish, and a great place for shooting sports such as archery,” said MDC MoNASP Coordinator Eric Edwards. “MoNASP not only teaches students the lifelong skills that come from archery, but it also helps them excel in the classroom.”

More than 12,000 student archers around the state have competed so far this winter in local tournaments with the hope of qualifying for one of the 2,500 spots at the state tournament. Student archers, who shoot qualifying scores at the state tournament, will earn spots at the NASP national tournament this spring in Louisville, Ky.

For more information on MoNASP, including participating schools and communities, visit http://bit.ly/2FzQo9E.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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