Archery Club: Atmore’s New Favorite Past Time

From humble beginnings in 2012, the Archery Club at the Boys & Girls Club of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has quickly become the pride and joy of Atmore, AL. A small group of ten children has evolved into an extensive program that serves nearly 200 youth per week – all of which is led by instructor Blakelee White Hendrix. When school is not in session, she also instructs a summer program aimed towards kindergarteners and first graders interested in learning the sport of archery.

“It has been a blessing to see so many youth get involved in something and love it,” Hendrix states.

The Archery Club consists of four travel teams, each with a total of 55 members aged 8-18 years old who compete in weekly tournaments from February to August. The ten members that have been involved with the club since its inception now make up the Elite Team. Remarkably, their member Tanner J., won a $20,0000 archery scholarship to Bethel University while attending the BHA State Championship!

The Archery Club is also known for its philanthropic work. The club hosted their second annual “Shoot for a Cure” fundraiser, where $4,560 was raised to benefit St. Jude’s Research Hospital. It goes without saying that the Archery Club has not only inspired youth, but also taught them the value of discipline and teamwork. Hendrix comments, “We look forward to all of the success the four archery teams will achieve, and we look forward to many more scholarships and winnings!”