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March 16, 2016National Archery in the Schools state tournament set March 22-24 in Sumter

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will hold the 11th Annual S.C. National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament March 22-24 at Sumter Civic Center in Sumter.

Elementary teams compete March 22, middle schools compete March 23, and high schools compete March 24. Competition begins each day at 9 a.m., and awards each day will begin at 4 p.m.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held five regional tournaments across the state during January and February with 1,900 archers registered. Of those, 1,092 archers that were top finishers from all regionals combined have been invited to participate in this year’s state tournament.

The DNR invites the public to come out and support all our South Carolina youth archers as they compete for the State Championship. A food truck parade will be on hand for this event and is open to the general public as well.

The National Archery in the Schools Program is a joint venture between DNR and the State Department of Education. Several archery equipment manufacturers and organizations are also partners. The program promotes student education, physical education and participation in the life-long sport of Archery. The program's focus is to provide international style target archery training in physical education classes grades 4-12. The South Carolina program has been modified in some schools to accommodate agricultural classes, in-school outdoors clubs and special education classes.

For more information on the National Archery in the Schools Program, visit www.dnr.sc.gov/education/archery/index.html.

South Carolina Schools that will be represented in the state tournament are:

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