The Georgia Southern University archery team won several national championships recently, and soon will practice at a new facility funded in part by the Archery Trade Association.
The nearly $7 million Shooting Sports Education Center is being built on the university’s campus in Statesboro, Georgia, and is scheduled to open for public use by Feb. 15, 2015.
The Center is a partnership between Georgia Southern University and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Georgia DNR secured a $3.5 million grant from the Easton Sports Development Foundations and the city of Statesboro to bolster private donations made to the university to support the facility. In addition, ATA will contribute to the center’s operating costs during its first four years.
“Georgia Southern and Georgia DNR are committed to building this excellent facility, and to implementing strong archery education programs,” said Mitch King, the ATA’s director of government relations. “ATA is proud to support this project, which will grow collegiate archery.”
Georgia Southern reported that the team finished its competitive season strong with national wins at the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships (USIAC) in Long Beach, California, where more than 350 archers competed.
“Our club continues to make a name for Georgia Southern. We usually have one of the smaller teams at collegiate archery tournaments, but our archers usually win many awards or finish high up in the rankings,” said Rachel Luoma, archery team member. “Wins like these allow us to broadcast the University's name and continue to make Georgia Southern proud.”
The team defeated Stanford, the University of California, California State University and Sonoma State University for the win.
The Shooting Sports Education Center will be the first of its kind east of the Mississippi River, and provide learning and recreational experiences for students while introducing them to shooting sports.