National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)

Student archers

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a nationwide youth archery program developed in Kentucky in 2002. The program's focus is to provide international-style target archery in a physical education environment to 4th–12th graders. Archery is a sport that nearly everyone can be successful at regardless of age, gender, size, or physical abilities. Statistics show that school archery programs engage more students in the educational process, improve classroom performance, and reduce dropout rates. Nationwide millions of students have safely participated in NASP, and more than 200 schools in Alaska participate in the NASP Program with more teachers being trained as Basic Archery Instructors (BAI) every year. A virtual tournament is offered each year for schools participating in NASP in Alaska. Through this, participants have the opportunity to qualify for the National Tournament held in Kentucky each year. Grants for equipment are often available and ADF&G schedules teacher training workshops as needed. Training workshops generally last eight hours and can be scheduled on weekends or weekdays.