Club’s Archery Team Shoots for a Cure

Last fall, the Boys & Girls Club of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ archery team held an amazing event that brought together mentors, mentees, and their community in Atmore, AL. Through archery tournament admissions and raffle tickets, their "Shoot for a Cure to End Childhood Cancer” event raised over $5,000 for St. Jude's Research Hospital!

The success of the event was largely due to the team’s ability to bring their community together to support the cause. Community partners included the local recreation department, who provided the site for the event, community business owners who provided raffle items, and the local Pepsi Company who donated drinks. In addition to recruiting community partners, the team’s 40+ members sold “Shoot for a Cure” tee shirts and volunteered during the event at the raffle station and concession stand. The youth also created a moving video that highlighted the need for cancer care and research in order to promote the event.

Beyond the success of their “Shoot for a Cure” event, the Club’s archery program teaches discipline and confidence all year round. All Club members rotate through the Club’s thriving archery program on a weekly basis and can choose to join the Club’s archery team if interested. The team is leveled so that beginner, intermediate, and experienced members are all welcome to join.

The team also takes part in local, state and national 3D archery tournaments. Here are some reflections from the archery team members themselves:

“Archery has inspired me to never stop pursuing my dreams” –Kamryn L.

“Archery has opened doors for me to meet new people.” –Madison G.

“Archery has inspired me by teaching me how to be a more responsible kid.”—Caseano O.

“Archery has allowed me to become closer with friends and team mates.”- Lauren J.

“I have learned that in archery that the biggest competitor in this competition is myself.”- Tanna S.

“Archery has helped me make new friends and meet new people.” –Destinee R.

The archery program provides a natural opportunity for coaching and mentoring while also connecting youth with Native culture. Parents and staff see the impact as well. Several parents and guardians have shared that archery has helped their children learn self- discipline and determination both in meets and in their every day life. Congratulations to the Boys & Girls Club of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and your archery team for hosting such a wonderful event! We look forward to watching your team’s progress this archery season!

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