It's hard for a child to choose a sport for he wants to try. Most stick with what they know or what everyone else is doing. However, the sport of archery is growing as more and more kids learn how much fun it can be. The National Field Archery Association says there are 15 good reasons why kids should practice archery:

  1. It's for everyone.
  2. It helps physical development.
  3. Teaches growth mindset.
  4. Improves mental toughness.
  5. Boosts self confidence.
  6. Gives a sense of accomplishment.
  7. Teaches goal setting.
  8. It's a social sport.
  9. Teaches teamwork and sportsmanship.
  10. Is relatively inexpensive.
  11. Can be practiced year-round.
  12. Teaches the importance of safety.
  13. Is fun.
  14. Is cool.
  15. Teaches valuable skills.

So, if you think your child has what it takes to be a part of the archery world. Take note.

Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation offers a new archery program for ages 8 and older. It takes place Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The free program focuses on parts of the bow and technique. After archers learn this, they then get a chance to shoot. This program requires a one-mile walk on the paved trail to get to the archery area, too. Space is limited and registration is required. It takes place at the Wilderness Station at Barfield Crescent Park (697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro). Contact Hailey Moss at 615-217-3017 or hmoss@murfreesborotn.gov.