Williamsburg, KY – The Pope and Young Club recently reaffirmed their staunch support of youth conservation efforts by naming the Scholastic 3-D Archery Association as the recipient of a $10,000 sponsorship. The Pope and Young Club is one of America’s most prestigious bowhunting and conservation organizations. Their long-standing commitment to the preservation of conservation, bowhunting, and fair-chase ethics corresponds strikingly to the mission of the Scholastic 3-D Archery Association.
“The Pope and Young Club is proud to support the Scholastic 3-D Archery program,” said Jim Willems, Pope and Young Club President. “The Club’s mission to ensure bowhunting for future generations by preserving and promoting it’s heritage and values, aligns directly with the efforts of S3DA. Teaching kids and instructors the important role bowhunting and bowhunters play in the conservation of North American game species is needed now more than ever before. We are proud to be associated with this incredibly effective program.”
Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) is a youth archery organization that seeks to foster, educate, and guide youth in the areas of 3-D, indoor target, and outdoor target archery as well as safe, ethical bowhunting practices. In working together, the Pope & Young Club and S3DA continue to grow the sport of archery and push the conservation message to a group of individuals that would otherwise have never been exposed. The “S3DA/P&Y Clear Path Initiative” is a combined effort between Scholastic 3D Archery and The Pope and Young Club to help students and their family’s transition from introductory archery to a lifetime of wildlife conservation, fair chase and ethical hunting practices. Whether students or coaches in the S3DA program decide to bow hunt or not, they will learn about the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, The Pittman Robertson Act and the important role bowhunters and bowhunting play in the preservation of our wild game animals.
S3DA Executive Director, Jennie Richardson states, “The Pope and Young Club’s commitment to our program enables us to continue to grow the sport of archery. We know that S3DA is making a difference in archery, shooting sports and conservation, thanks in large part to the Pope & Young Club. S3DA holds basic instructor trainings all over the United States. Just this past weekend, trainings were held in six different states bringing more than 65 new coaches into our great program, but more importantly each coach was exposed to bowhunting, conservation, the North American Model, the Seven Pillars of Conservation, Fair Chase and the ethics of being a good sportsman due to the conservation chapter in our training manual which was provided by The Pope and Young Club.”
Started in December 2012 by the Scholastic Archery Association, S3DA has grown exponentially as a next step program to follow introductory programs offered as part of 4-H or the National Archery in Schools Program. S3DA addresses the need for a program to bridge beginning target archery experience and more advanced activities such as 3-D shooting and bowhunting. The program currently operates across the United States with hundreds of certified coaches serving
thousands of young archers, grades 3–12.
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