Scholastic 3D Archery is a program that has exploded across the country in the last three years.
Starting in only 3 states at their first national tournament, S3DA is now active in 34 states and growing all the time. S3DA is growing so rapidly for several different reason. One reason is that S3DA is an entirely after school initiative that can be ran through not only schools, but also through archery shops, churches, ASA Clubs, fire stations, etc. Students are also attracted to S3DA because they are free to use any equipment of their choice from any brand or company, only restricting speed limits based on the age and shooting division of the students. Along with them being able to choose their own equipment, they are also able to progress through the sport as they grow and develop. Each S3DA class provides a natural progression that helps students grow from elementary school all the way through high school, and it allows them to move straight into shooting at the collegiate level, where they are earning scholarships to shoot archery. Not only are students attracted to S3DA, but their families as well, as our events are family oriented and family friendly. For these reasons and more, S3DA has become one of the fastest growing archery programs for our youth in the US.
As mentioned before, the natural progression of our program allows students to grow and develop throughout their archery career and then move into the college level. Students in S3DA have the opportunity to earn college scholarships based on their performance at S3DA events. The 2016 S3DA National Tournament saw students walk away with more than $280,000 in college scholarships, which does not even take into account the thousands of dollars won at regional and state competitions across the country. This is a huge benefit for our students and their families.
Students participating in S3DA events are also being taught about fair chase and ethical bowhunting, as well as wildlife conservation. S3DA has seen students learn these skills and go on to be avid bowhunters, along with their families. These students are developing a lifelong love for not only archery, but also bowhunting, and they are doing so by learning the best practices and taking care of the wildlife and environment in the process.