Jennie Richardson and Scholastic 3-D Archery Program Receives 2017 Pope And Young Club Conservation Award
The Pope and Young Club has awarded Jennie Richardson and the Scholastic 3-D Archery program the 2017 Pope and Young Club Conservation Award. By bringing the target archery, bowhunting and conservation communities together, Scholastic 3-D Archery is bridging the gap to create a new future for archery. Students participating in S3DA are being taught about fair chase, ethical bowhunting and wildlife conservation. A majority of S3DA students and their families are developing a lifelong love for not only archery, but also for bowhunting and the importance of taking care of our wildlife and the environment.
“I am extremely humbled by this honor,” stated Jennie Richardson, Executive Director of Scholastic 3-D Archery. “When I work with kids I feel that I am giving back to ensure that a sport, my family and I have enjoyed for over thirty years, will be there for our grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Pope and Young Club’s strong bowhunting heritage and fair-chase, ethical bowhunting stance is exactly what S3DA students need to be exposed to as they transition from target archery to bowhunting. When kids leave S3DA they will have the skills and knowledge to help perpetuate our bowhunting way of life.”
S3DA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster, educate and guide youth in 3-D archery. The S3DA program is entirely an after-school program, which allows students the opportunity to learn and grow their archery abilities in a safe and educational environment. Students compete in 3-D and target archery tournaments across the state and country. This exposes students to different archery companies and local archery shops. Students also have a chance to earn college scholarships for their athletic performance. Each S3DA class provides a natural progression that helps students grow from elementary school all the way through high school, allowing them to move straight into shooting at the collegiate level where S3DA students are earning scholarships through archery. Students and their families are attracted to the family friendly culture S3DA provides. For these reasons and more, S3DA has become one of the fastest growing archery programs for youth in the United States.
“In 2001 Jennie met with representatives from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the state Department of Education to assist in starting the National Archery in the Schools program,” stated Merritt Compton, Conservation Chairman for the Pope and Young Club. “During her tenure with NASP she found that many kids wanted to shoot bows at animal targets. In December 2012 she left the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to become the Executive Director of a new program, Scholastic 3-D Archery. Scholastic 3-D archery is not an in-school initiative. Clubs can be hosted by municipalities, parks, archery ranges, archery shops, churches and after school programs. By any measure, Jennie has played a major role in introducing thousands of children, young adults and adults to archery and bowhunting.”
The Pope and Young Club is a non-profit North American conservation and bowhunting organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of bowhunting by striving to increase awareness and appreciation of bowhunting foundations, principles and values. The Pope and Young Club is focused on Fair Chase hunting ethics that support the ethical pursuit of free ranging, wild game animals without unfair advantage while promoting the conservation of both habitat and wildlife. The Club also maintains the universally recognized repository of records and statistics on North American big game animals harvested with a bow and arrow.
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