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Community Recreational Services Presents Archery to Youth

The youth were taught how to handle the bows and arrows cautiously with one-on-one training from the staff.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Recreational Services presented an archery class for interested Community youth at the Way Of Life Facility (WOLF) on November 18. The class is part of the special-interest classes that the department hosts throughout the year.

A handful of youth attended. Class instructors Kevin Riding-In and Ephraim Sloan both reviewed safety measures and demonstrated the different bows and the arrows that the students would be using that evening.

“This is the first time we have offered archery as a special-interest class open to all Community members,” said Riding-In. “In the past, it was a class open to after-school or day-camp participants.”

The youth were taught how to handle the bows and arrows cautiously with one-on-one training from the staff. Both Sloan and Riding-In said the class turned out great.

They reviewed basics like safety, handling the bow and arrow, how to hold both, where to position the three fingers, becoming comfortable holding the arrow and letting go, and aiming at the target. Students also learned how to retrieve the arrows from the targets properly, without breaking them.

“The kids listened well, followed the set rules and really had fun shooting arrows. The staff also was very helpful, and parents stayed to watch their kids participate, which was awesome as well,” said Riding-In. “Parents liked watching their kids learn and perform new skills. I think they would like to see more archery classes offered.”

Another archery class was held on November 25 and geared toward teens. For more information on upcoming classes, contact the WOLF at (480) 362-6800.