More than 1,000 student archers from 45 schools will compete in the 2017 Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament on Saturday, March 4, at the Shreveport Convention Center. Students will be competing for $20,000 in scholarships and a chance to advance to the national tournament.

The event, which begins at 8 a.m., is open to the public. Admission fee is $5 for adults and free to those 18 years and younger. The tournament runs throughout the day with the awards ceremony set for 6:30 p.m. This year’s state tournament will include both bullseye and 3-D competitions. Students qualified for the state tournament in two regional events held in January.

Volunteers to assist at this year’s event are still being recruited. To volunteer, please contact ALAS Regional Coordinator Jan McGovern at jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4930

The ALAS program, administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), is part of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP), which teaches basic archery skills to students in grades 3-12. About 200 schools and 20,000 students in Louisiana participate in the program. Nationally, more than 14,000 schools and 2.4 million students take part in the NASP program.

The 2017 ALAS State Tournament is made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors: Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Man Cave Archery, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation-Louisiana Chapter, Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority (GAEDA), Louisiana Archery and Sports Center, Hoot & Holler Archery, LSU AgCenter,  Morrell Targets, Louisiana National Guard, H&E Equipment Services, Whitetails Unlimited-Cenla Buckbusters, Quality Deer Management Association-Central Louisiana Branch, , Academy Sports + Outdoors, CENLA Signs, Homeland Security, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cenla Bowbenders, and Outlaw’s BBQ.

ALAS has grown rapidly since May of 2012 when about 35 schools participated. The program is administered in all parts of the state, from rural areas to inner city schools.

“It’s big,’’ said Robert Stroede, LDWF’s ALAS State Coordinator. “The more schools that got involved, the more schools wanted in. You get two or three schools in a parish and they start competing then all the other schools say, ‘Why don’t we have that?’ Or you get one kid who transfers from a school that has the program to a school that doesn’t and the parents say, ‘Hey, my son or daughter got to do archery at the last school. Why don’t you guys have it?’ It really kind of snowballed once it got started.’’

The ALAS/NASP program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with funding. For more information about the ALAS program, contact ALAS State Coordinator, Robert Stroede, at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276.

 

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