All of our YMCA Archery Instructors are certified through USA Archery. Our program is both USA Archery Certified and we are sanctioned by the NFAA, National Field Archery Association.
Our instructors carry either Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 certifications in USA Archery, giving them experience and knowledge in best-practice and technical skills to teach children and adults how to become proficient archers in a safe environment.
Our participation in USA Archery and NFAA Events allows participants to compete against other archery events across the country. Archers interested in competitive scores are able to compete and rank nationally as they progress in their skills.
Our program staff takes an intentional approach to teaching and creating an environment that is built upon developing emotional and character development skills that will benefit archers for lifelong success.
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The YMCA's Archery program has had the opportunity to partner with several USA Olympic & Paralympic Archers. These athletes have visited, taught skills, and shared their life stories with our families. We maintain a strong relationship with past guests and are thankful for their commitment to the future of our archers and the program.
Khatuna has over 30 years of archery experience, competing in five Olympic Games. She is a bronze medalist, coach, and archery advocate. She has also coached actress Jennifer Lawrence for her role in The Hunger Games.Learn More
Sammi has overcome the obstacles this life has thrown at her. She is a skilled and artful motivational keynote speaker, specialist in resilience, and communications coach. She shares her mantras of turning your pain into purpose, your wounds into wisdom, and your trauma into triumph. She used these lessons to be the first woman in history to represent the USA in the 2016 Paralympic Games in the open compound archery division – with less than two years of shooting experience! The Paralympics was only her 11th competition as an archer.Learn More
Stonebraker was a four-time All-American archer as a college student at both Penn State and Texas A&M. At the ages of 37 and 38, he won the NCAA championship twice at Texas A&M in 1987 and 1988 — setting the record for being the old- est national archery champion, which he still holds to this day.Learn More
Started shooting in a Junior Olympic Archery Development club, and eventually was selected as a member of the USA Archery's Junior Dream Team...Competed for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team when she was just 16 years old, and finished in the top 16...Has enjoyed tremendous success since then, including being selected to the Resident Athlete program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif...A true outdoors woman and enjoys fishing, baking, and knitting in her spare time...Has a talent for photography.Learn More
Melody is a US Olympic Barebow Archer. Her family was from South Africa and was mixed with half her siblings being black and half white. That caused many problems for them in the era of apartheid; they were not welcome anywhere. Based on that difficult situation, she was determined to come to the USA, at age 18, to learn more and improve herself. She learned from her experience that "knowledge is power" which drove her to keep studying. Melody set a new challenge and made Team USA, the USA Olympic team.Learn More
The YMCA is building a new state-of-the-art indoor archery range, a multi-purpose space that will also allow for indoor pickleball courts and a new wing off of our existing Conference Room, in partnership with Oneida Health and Roswell Cancer Center to support a joint cancer survivorship program. This expansion space will be located on the back of the YMCA facility, off of the existing gymnasium.
The YMCA has been blessed to have community partners who have shared their outdoor and indoor spaces for our program to continue to grow and thrive. With the expanse of the program, it is now time to create a dedicated range for future generations of archers.
Construction will begin Fall 2023 and the goal is to complete the range winter 2024.
Our archery program started with only six children in 2016 and has now served over 500 participants with lessons, workshops, and tournaments.
The YMCA has already met 75% of it's fundraising goal through the generous support of local donors, participants, and their families. We need the community to help continue these efforts to reach our goal!