The Minnesota Archers Alliance (MAA) announced a new partnership with Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA) to expand youth sporting opportunities across Minnesota. The addition of S3DA expands the MAA’s reach by building on its existing relationships with USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association (NFAA). The combination of the MAA and its three national partners enables Minnesota archers of all ages to compete in every major style of target archery from the local level to international competition representing the United States.
Of the new partnership with S3DA, MAA president Tim Wilson said, “I’m thrilled to add S3DA as a national partner. Archery is a lifetime sport that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age and physical ability. With its focus on engaging youth and developing a love of sport and the outdoors, S3DA is a perfect match for the MAA.”
S3DA executive director Holly Helton added, “We are excited for the partnership with MAA in order to further our reach in youth archery throughout Minnesota. Our program allows youth to compete in various styles of archery, including Indoor Target, Outdoor Target and 3D alongside a core focus on conservation and ethical bowhunting. Our values and mission perfectly align with MAA and we look forward to the growth in participation in youth archery in Minnesota on both the competition and conservation sides.”
About the MAA: The Minnesota Archers Alliance (www.themnaa.org) is a statewide organization providing archery education through the S3DA and USA Archery’s Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program. Through its relationships with the NFAA, USA Archery, and S3DA, the MAA conducts educational programs and indoor and outdoor archery competitions for archers of all ages throughout the year with participants from around the Midwest and across the United States and Canada.
About S3DA: Started in December 2012 by the Scholastic Archery Association, S3DA (www.s3da.org) has grown exponentially as a next step following introductory programs offered as part of 4-H or the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP). S3DA addresses the need for a program to bridge beginning target archery experience and more advanced activities such as 3D shooting and bowhunting. The program currently operates across the United States with hundreds of certified coaches serving thousands of young archers in grades 3–12.