Krista Snodgrass with The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources explains, "Today we are having our state tournament, it's our 7th annual tournament and we have 658 students from 50 schools across the state of West Virginia. This is a big deal. For a lot of these kids, this is the only sport they'll participate in, so they are very excited and glad to be here, glad to represent their schools."
And some of these student archers will go on to represent the state in tournaments across the country. These kids can shoot! Although they get plenty of practice, competing in a venue this big is a big deal.
"The Civic Center is bigger than their schools, so this is a very big deal to them. We have people who drove over 5 hours from the Eastern Panhandle to participate." says Snodgrass.
While most of them will return home and practice for the next tournament, that doesn't mean their fun is over. The fun isn't over for their parents, either, this is a skill which will keep many of these kids spending more and more time with their parents for years to come.
"The parents are very excited, they are so happy to have this program in their schools, it gives their kids something to do and be a part of. It will be a life skill and something they will be able to participate with their kids in an activity." says Snodgrass.
And it just doesn't get any better than that.
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