Archive for April 9th, 2008

Archery in Schools, Part 3 of 3

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

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Archery is a sport where physical size and agility is not required to excel.

If you were a petite little fourth grader, you could shoot at the same time as the high school jock and you may win. So, it’s said that it is the only sport where boys and girls can compete at the same time on the same team.

Burnie Kessner is archery coordinator for Texas Parks and Wildlife. He says archery levels the playing field for kids of all abilities.

Physical ability doesn’t even matter. A young man at our state tournament last year had Down’s Syndrome; he was on the shooting line with everybody else. At the national tournament, there was a young man who was visually impaired on the shooting line with everyone else who was not visually impaired. And, the only difference was, he had a sighted person standing a little behind him, giving him the cues, “a little higher, a little lower, left, right, shoot.” So, it’s an even playing field, and that’s one of the fundamentals of this program, is that the equipment is standardized. Everybody has the same equipment.

The Texas National Archery in Schools program certifies teachers in a one-day intensive class to teach the sport to students of all ages and abilities. Learn how to get involved when you log onto

That’s our show… our series receives support from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration programProgram…working to increase fishing, hunting, shooting and boating opportunities in Texas…For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.