National Archery in Schools Tournament Today

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The National Archery in Schools Program state tournament competition will be held Friday, March 28 as part of this year's 24th annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia.

A large number of South Carolina youth, kindergarten through 12th grade and representing many schools, will participate in the National Archery in Schools competition beginning 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 28. The tournament features individual and team competition, shooting Olympic style targets. Participants will shoot 15 arrows at 10 meters and 15 arrows at 15 meters, with a possible perfect score of 300. Awards will be presented for team and individual winners.

Contact Lt. Jim Wagers, Hunting and Boating Education coordinator for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Columbia, at (803) 734-3999 or for more information on the National Archery in the Schools Program in South Carolina and how your school can participate. Also check the DNR Web site at for more information. The National Archery in the Schools Program is a joint venture between state education departments and natural resources and wildlife agencies. Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. The program, started in Kentucky in 2002, promotes student education and participation in the shooting sports. The program's focus is to provide Junior Olympic Archery Development style target archery training in K-12 physical education classes.

The 24th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic will be held at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia March 28-30. Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30. For more information on the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic, call the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Columbia office at (803) 734-4008 or visit the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic Web site at

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.