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Alabama 4-H archery championship; smiling kids

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.– Youth from across Alabama will gather at the Alabama 4-H Center April 13 for the annual state 4-H Archery Championship. Funding by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) this year has allowed the program to purchase new materials to enhance participant experience.

Alabama 4-H will use the funds to acquire two new bow racks, one FITA target and twenty 3-D archery targets.

The NWTF, dedicated to preserving the hunting heritage and promoting outdoor programs, has been a supporter of 4-H archery programs at the local level for several years. This year is the first statewide partnership.

“On behalf of the National Wild Turkey Federation, both volunteers and staff, I would like to humbly thank 4-H for allowing us to expand on this vital partnership,” said Brandon Bobo, district biologist with the NWTF.

In addition, Seth Tuttle, development officer for Alabama 4-H, said the donation shows NWTF’s support of 4-H archery programming.

“The generosity shown by the National Wild Turkey Federation speaks volumes when it comes to their commitment to young people and Alabama 4-H,” Tuttle said.

State 4-H Archery Championship

During the championship, participants compete in both the FITA Competitive Class and also the 3-D Competitive Class. Teams and individuals will be aiming for targets with a distance of up to 60 meters.

While archery is the most ancient of shooting sports, it has moved into the new age of technology. It continues to be a sport involving hand-eye coordination, consistency and the need for practice to become proficient.

Sarah Butterworth, Alabama 4-H archery discipline lead, said archery is a great hands-on learning tool for youth development.

“Archery is a wonderful sport that many youth enjoy,” Butterworth said. “While learning archery skills in 4-H, youth are also learning a lot of great additional skills that will help them in life.”

Alabama 4-H archery programs are available to youth ages 9–18 and are a part of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. For more information, visit alabama4h.com.

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