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Girls Taking a Shot at Archery

Dothan, AL - While most kids are still sleeping on Saturday mornings, one group at Eastgate Park is aiming high.

The days lesson starts with a bullseye.

"Probably just the satisfaction," said Clarissa Smith.

That's what Smith says she gets out of the Junior Olympic Archery Development classes. Better known as JOAD.

"It's a way of teaching kids who normally wouldn't have the opportunity to pick up archery proper form and technique," said instructor Mike Stone.

Kids are learning much more than to hit a target. Instructors say skills gained in archery can make them successful in almost anything.

Stone said, "It teaches them how to focus and how to concentrate on one thing at a time."

While you might think of archery as a boys game, that's a huge misconception.

"I am seeing a lot more girls than boys. We're running about 95 percent girls with only 5 percent boy partcicipation," said Stone.

One reason it's becoming more popular among girls? The Hunger Games. Archery plays a huge role in the book series and box-office hit The Hunger Games.

"I have, and I've read the books, but actually Robin Hood would be more of my person," said Smith.

So whether you want to be an action hero, or you just enjoy the thrill of drawing back a bow, why not give archer a shot?

If you are interested the class is five dollars for kids 8 and up. Class start at around 8 every Saturday morning. Don't worry about bringing equipment. They have it on site.

Ozark is also building an archery range. It's set for a grand opening later this month.


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