Kids Aim for Archery in Record Numbers
Wielding a bow and arrow has become the new cool. Films like The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Disney – Pixar’s Brave, and Snow White and the Huntsman, have made archery into one of today’s fastest growing sports for girls and boys alike. Archery costumes are also proving to hit the bull’s eye for Halloween.
Kids are drawn to the opportunity to feel like heroes. And, the London Olympics is only bound to help increase archery’s popularity. This summer, kids around the world were glued to their television sets (albeit, for many, with the help of DVR) watching the Olympics archery matches. In the women’s competition, Khatuna Lorig, who trained actress Jennifer Lawrence for her hit role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games—took fourth place behind gold-medal winner Bo Bae Ki of the Republic of South Korea, followed by Aida Roman and teen Mariana Avitia of Mexico taking silver and bronze. And, the first U.S. medalists of the summer games went to…you guessed it…the U.S. men’s archery team, featuring world No.-1 ranked Brady Ellison, with Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie.
Like more than 2 million kids in the world today, I first learned archery in a school gym class. During that time I discovered that my father had to hunt as a kid because of the Great Depression, and he used a bow and arrow. After that, he always kept a full archery set on hand. I used to marvel at the leather quiver filled with arrows, the archer’s finger tab, and the shape and feel of the carefully carved bow. Although I had no desire or need to hunt animals, I loved hitting the bull’s eye on a hay bale’s target. Watching young Princess Merida in Brave brought back memories of how I felt, well, brave, and also proudly skilled and competent of doing what was mostly considered a male sport at the time.
Today, more than ever, archery offers girls and boys a chance to play on equal ground and inspires them to learn focus and discipline—all wonderful reasons to encourage kids to take aim at their archery dreams.
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August 15, 2012 Wednesday at 10:00 am