Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, along with Missouri Department of Conservation and the support of Bass Pro Shops and ExploreBranson.com, will host the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) State Tournament March 23-24 at the Branson Convention Center in downtown Branson, Missouri. Now in its 10th year, MoNASP has grown to 700+ participating schools and more than 185,000 Missouri students in grades 4-12.
Bass Pro Shops serves as title sponsor of MoNASP as part of its mission to inspire everyone to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors.
“Archery is one of many outdoor activities that instill in young people useful skills and positive experiences,” said Bob Ziehmer, Bass Pro Shops senior director of conservation. “Supporting programs like MoNASP is very important because of the opportunity to connect kids and new audiences to nature and inspiring our next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.”
Proceeds from the event will sponsor MoNASP in future years as well as other conservation programs in Missouri. The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation has a goal to build partnerships with vendors and sponsors in order to enhance the value and experience of this event.
“The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation is very fortunate to host this tournament and we are thrilled to see Missouri youth display such remarkable interest in the sport and conservation in general,” said Kevin Roper, Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation executive director. “We are able to create an impact on Missouri conservation efforts with money raised at this tournament, that will ultimately benefit these young Missourians in their future.”
The State Tournament is expected to bring in over 2,500 competitors and more than 10,000 spectators during the two-day event. One coach, Rodney Luebbering, stated “The kids are looking forward to the state tournament because it gives them a sense of accomplishment for shooting a state qualifying score and it’s just plain fun to go hang out with your teammates in a different place.”
The event is open to the general public and will include archery exhibitors, professional archers, universities and other vendors. The economic impact on the City of Branson and surrounding areas is over $4.1 million.
“Branson welcomes MoNASP, students and their families. We want them to enjoy our live entertainment, outdoor adventure and family fun in Branson while attending this prestigious competition,” said Jeff Seifried, President/CEO, Branson Chamber/CVB.
“Missouri is a great place to hunt and fish, and a great place for shooting sports such as archery,” said Missouri Department of Conservation MoNASP coordinator Eric Edwards. “MoNASP not only teaches students the lifelong skills that come from archery, but it also helps them excel in the classroom.”
MoNASPis an affiliate of the National Archery in the Schools Program, which originated in Kentucky in 2002, to promote education, self-esteem and physical activity for participating students.
The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundationis a nonprofit, charitable organization founded in 1997 to help meet financial needs placed on natural resource conservation and conservation-related outdoor recreation. For more information or to make a donation towards conservation efforts, visit www.mochf.org.
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