A physical education curriculum entitled "Archery: On Target for Life" was co-created in Kentucky in 2002 by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources. The objective was to engage more students in the educational process to improve classroom performance and reduce drop-out rates. The NASP was then created.
Kentucky has now enrolled over 800 schools in their program and NASP is now recognized as the leader in implementing school archery programs.
In February of 2004, the first teacher training workshop in our state was held at Deerlake Middle School in Leon County. Florida became the 24th state to offer the National Archery in the Schools Program in the physical education curriculum.
There are now 47 states, plus South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Australia, New Zealand, 8 Canada Provinces, Mongolia, and the United Kingdom participating in NASP. Internationally, more than 13 million children have participated in the NASP program in their schools, 2.15 million students last year alone. NASP is currently adding about 1,000 schools per year.
Our goals in Florida are to exceed 500 schools by the end of 2015 (we are currently at 403), and to hold our eighth State NASP Tournament in February of 2015.
The 2014 NASP National Tournament was held in the Louisville (KY) Convention Center. On May 8, 9 and 10, 10,443 students participated to break the world record for the largest archery tournament in history! The kids competed for awards, trophies and $77,000 in scholarships.