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Joplin School District adds Archery as team sport

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A popular activity is now becoming a school sport. Joplin students can now sign up for Archery for the spring.

Hitting a bulls eye is exactly what Joplin school district's Technology Teacher Adam Bell and Special Education Teacher Jeff Brown thought when they brought the idea of an archery team to the school board.

"The kids are here, the adults are here teaching them because that's what we choose to do. We want to do it and spend that time with them, Where as outside of the school parents couldn't get them to a place to shoot for the program and I think a lot more kids can be reached through the school." Bell says.

"Along the way we're hoping to build relationships and have each kids learn skills that would be employable, and be productive members in the community." Brown says.

With overwhelming support, the school board agreed to offer an archery team for students grades 6 to 12.

Bell and Brown say the amount of students they have seen sign up so far is wonderful. They tell us when they started this archery team they planned to have only about 50 to 75 people sign up...instead, they have over 200 people sign up for the team, and that number keeps growing.

Jake Packard and Hunter Goode are just two of the students looking forward to a competitive season.

 "I hunt with archery, and this sounded really fun since it's our first year being able to do it and I'm really excited for it." Packard says.

"Archery is newer than hunting but I've still been doing it a couple years and it's something I've been interested in for awhile." Goode says.

The level of experience on the team varies. But Bell says experience doesn't matter and it's all about enjoying a sport.

"Hunting and fishing and the outdoors is the foundation of family of our family values, it's kind of what our culture is built on here. So Archery is popular with kids and it's popular with adults." he says.

The team plans to begin official practices in November with competitions beginning in the spring.

Outback archery is sponsoring the team, and assisting them with off-setting the cost of equipment.

You can donate or sponsor the team by contacting Outback Archery through their facebook page at this link, or by copying the link below into your browser:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Outback-Archery/464566070324469

You can also donate in person at their location at 410 E. 7th Street in Joplin.

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