The largest youth archery competition in Alabama, the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Alabama State Championship, will be held Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl located at 220 Hall St., Montgomery, Ala., 36104.  Archers will begin shooting at 9 a.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. The media and public are invited. 
 
This year’s event will feature more than 1,200 young archers in Grades 4-12 from schools across the state who earned a berth to the state championship after competing in one of nine regional qualifying tournaments.  These students will compete for the title of state champion and the opportunity to advance to the National Championship on May 11-13, 2017, in Louisville, Ky.   
 
The NASP is a joint venture between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) and the Alabama Department of Education. NASP instills discipline, concentration, and participants learn a life skill as part of a school’s physical education course or after school programs. Scoring is based on Olympic style, target archery in three divisions – elementary, middle and high school. Competition is on team and individual levels. 
 
The state championship would not be possible without the generous sponsorships of the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Morrell Manufacturing, the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Academy Sports + Outdoors.
 
To learn more about Alabama NASP, contact WFF Hunter Education Coordinator Marisa Futral at 800-245-2740 or Marisa.Futral@dcnr.alabama.gov.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.
 
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