JOAD Club Spotlight: Newberry JOAD Club
Junior Olympic Archery Development, or JOAD, is USA Archery’s
nationwide youth archery program. JOAD offers beginning, intermediate and advanced
archers the chance to learn the sport over a series of classes. Archers may
choose to pursue the sport recreationally, or advance as far as their dreams
will take them. This feature is part of a series of club profiles called the
“JOAD Club Spotlight.”
The Newberry Junior Olympic Archery
Development (JOAD) Club was founded in February 2011 and is based out of the
Easton Newberry Sports Complex in Newberry, Fla. In the club’s short history it
has become a thriving example of a successful JOAD program. This year the club
has increased its membership by over 100%, bringing its roster to 75 members.
Beside this amazing growth, the program has had amazing success in tournaments:
their archers have won 3 national titles, 15 medals in national competitions,
21 regional medals and 59 state records in just over a year.
Newberry JOAD Club President Kim
Oliver credits the club’s success to the “sense of community” that is a major
component of the program’s culture. “I believe we have evolved a sense of
community with our club, and our kids are very rewarded and encouraged during
our club shoots and within their training,” said Oliver.
touch with the area’s JOAD community is a struggle that many archery programs
face. Newberry has tackled this challenge by using three forms of
communication. First, they have a website where parents can view the volunteer
schedule, calendar of events, register for tournaments and signup for fundraising
events. They additionally have a Facebook page where they post pictures and
reminders for upcoming events. Finally, they also use email to keep in frequent
touch with members.
clubs rely on fundraising and grants to help offset expenses. Newberry has not received any grant money, but
they have been very successful in fundraising. They raised over $16,000 this
year to send twenty-two archers to JOAD Nationals. All of their fundraising
events are community oriented. From bagging groceries to soliciting local
businesses, the club raised money while educating the Newberry community about
JOAD club isn’t all business; a club has to keep practice fun and interesting
for its members. An innovative way the Newberry JOAD Club is making practice
more fun is having educational clinics at monthly club shoots.
“We surveyed our archers to find out what they wanted to
learn more about and we bring in guest speakers to provide instruction on those
topics,” Oliver explained.
“Recently, the University of Florida Archery Club came to
speak to the group about college level archery. This is a way for us as a club
to foster relationships and mentor opportunities for our club members with
others in the community who also enjoy the sport,” said Oliver.
and family are at the heart of Newberry JOAD Club’s success, and are what
Junior Olympic Archery Development is all about. For more on the Newberry JOAD
Club, visit http://www.newberryjoadclub.org/