The Easton Archery Center of Excellence, touted as the world’s premier indoor training facility, will celebrate its grand opening this month on the campus of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.
A grand opening celebratory private VIP tour and luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the facility, located at 2800 Olympic Parkway, Building 2000 in Chula Vista, CA. Media and invited guests will be able to take a tour of the elite facility, meet world-renowned Olympians, watch Olympic and Paralympians archers compete, try their own skills at archery and enjoy food and festivities.
The facility marks the fifth and largest archery training center established by the Easton Foundations, which was founded by Jim Easton, CEO of the world’s largest archery equipment company, Jas. D. Easton, Inc., which owns Easton Technical Products, Hoyt Archery and Delta Sports.
The new center, pictured to the right, boasts a 42,629-square-foot facility consisting of a 22,440-square-foot, 70 meter indoor range, a nearly 1,100-square-foot indoor/outdoor shooting range, fitness room, athlete lounge, coaches’ offices and multiple classrooms and conference rooms. The state-of-the-art technology within the center comprises ultra-high speed video, a 3D imaging system and multiple high tech tools to assist current and future Olympians and Paralympians toward their goal to reaching the podium on the world stage. The complex also consists of 30-bed housing, two 90-meter outdoor shooting fields and much more.
This facility, along with Easton Foundations’ four other operating archery centers, will provide superior performance training for teams and individual athletes while focusing on developing the archery talents of current and future U.S. Olympic Archery and Paralympic Archery Team Members. The other Easton Foundations operating centers are located in Salt Lake City, UT, Newberry, FL, Van Nuys, CA, and Yankton, SD.
“Part of my vision to support the development of sports education and programs for youth and aspiring Olympians and Paralympians has included designing, building and supporting archery training facilities,” said Jim Easton, founder, Easton Sports, which became the leader in innovative aluminum and carbon-fiber composite sports equipment. "The Easton Archery Center of Excellence is the culmination of years of planning and hard work by a team devoted to the goal of providing...leadership, facilities, programs, training and education for the growth and development of archery, an unmatched experience for Olympic and Paralympic archery hopefuls, and a legacy which will allow archers from around the world to pursue their competitive dreams."
Designed by Bob Easton, Jim’s brother, who is a champion archer and renowned architect, the multi-million dollar training facility lives and breathes archery. The ceiling of the main indoor range hosts massive glulam wood beams that span nearly 90 feet across the room. The curved ceiling was designed to complement the classic flight of the arrow, a feature Jim felt would enhance aesthetics and provide a subtle archery theme to the room and building.
“Archery has meant so much to the Easton family for over 90 years,” said Greg Easton, president, the Easton Foundations. “Through the Easton Foundations, my father’s dream of supporting archery from the grassroots and community level all the way to high-end competitive archers is being realized. This state-of-the-art Archery Center of Excellence at the Olympic Training Center provides competitive athletes a dedicated place to hone their skills and pursue their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.”
The Easton Foundations: Created by Jim Easton, CEO of Jas. D. Easton, Inc., the Easton Foundations aims to promote and maintain the viability of archery by growing the sport as a mainstream activity at the state, regional and national level. This is accomplished by developing grassroots programs in communities and schools, supporting college and university programs, and through these efforts, inspiring the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. Additionally, the Foundations support the building and operation of outdoor and indoor archery facilities at city parks, schools, universities and sports complexes throughout the U.S., and provides programs to train aspiring archers, trainers, coaches and administrators.