New Guinness Archery World Record

The 2014 NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) National Tournament recently concluded with 10,443 student archers setting a new Guinness World Record.

The event broke its own record of 9,426 established last year. The 4th-12th graders represented 665 schools in 39 states. The event was held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

These young archers had to first make their school's archery team and then advance through regional and state tournaments to attend the 2014 Nationals in Louisville. Because NASP requires every team to contain at least four students of both genders, 45 percent of the contestants were female. Kentucky sent the most archers with 2,786 shooters. Indiana was second with 970 archers and Ohio third of the 39 states with 872 students. Traveling the furthest were 32 archers from Alaska.

It took nearly 160 volunteers to conduct this record-size tournament. They came from all walks of life including parents, teachers, bowhunters and church members. Cabela's and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation helped feed and cloth (vests) the volunteers. The new Louisville Cabela's store gave every coach discount coupons to provide equipment for their teams. Academy Sports + Outdoors provided gift cards to the volunteers as well.

Other event sponsors included: Mathews Archery, Mission Archery, Morrell Targets, Gordon Composites, Easton Foundations, Easton Technical Products, NWTF, Field Logic, Rinehart Targets, EA Promotions, ATA, KY Army National Guard, Lancaster Archery, BCY, SCI, and Plano. Some of these and other supporters sponsored $77,000 in scholarships.

Plans are already underway to accommodate up to 12,000 student archers at the 2015 NASP Nationals to be conducted the second weekend in May at the same Louisville location.

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