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NEWBERRY – In the wake of Olympics silver medalist archer Jake Kaminski’s visit, the Easton Newberry Sports Complex is on a mission to enhance its high-quality intermediate sports program, and the Unites States Olympics Committee (USOC) will visit the complex on Dec. 3.

The USOC has researched and found that kids have a better shot at training for Olympics if they are in their hometown near a complex such as Easton, which in turn hopes that its local youth archers can maximize their potential to participate in the Olympics and Paralympics training system.

The complex has a steadily growing Junior Olympic Archery Development Program that just raised $16,000, and has set its sights on partnering with national governing bodies and community sports groups to become a Community Olympics Development Program (CODP), said Doug Engh, the outreach director for Easton Foundations. USA Archery has also established a memorandum of understanding with the facility, which has produced two national champions.

With CODP designation the complex would have access to USOC corporate sponsors, national recognition and media exposure, considering how few and far between the development program sites are. Designation could also grant access to the USOC-funded annual conference for COPD managers at an Olympics training center.

Participation in the program would require monthly progress reports from a steering committee coupled with local outreach. Once designated, an athlete at the facility would have a much higher probability to be considered for Olympics training.

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cgrinstead@alachuatoday.com

NEWBERRY – In the wake of Olympics silver medalist archer Jake Kaminski’s visit, the Easton Newberry Sports Complex is on a mission to enhance its high-quality intermediate sports program, and the Unites States Olympics Committee (USOC) will visit the complex on Dec. 3.

The USOC has researched and found that kids have a better shot at training for Olympics if they are in their hometown near a complex such as Easton, which in turn hopes that its local youth archers can maximize their potential to participate in the Olympics and Paralympics training system.

The complex has a steadily growing Junior Olympic Archery Development Program that just raised $16,000, and has set its sights on partnering with national governing bodies and community sports groups to become a Community Olympics Development Program (CODP), said Doug Engh, the outreach director for Easton Foundations. USA Archery has also established a memorandum of understanding with the facility, which has produced two national champions.

With CODP designation the complex would have access to USOC corporate sponsors, national recognition and media exposure, considering how few and far between the development program sites are. Designation could also grant access to the USOC-funded annual conference for COPD managers at an Olympics training center.

Participation in the program would require monthly progress reports from a steering committee coupled with local outreach. Once designated, an athlete at the facility would have a much higher probability to be considered for Olympics training.

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