Cen­ter­shot pro­gram fo­cuses on sport of archery, not on hunt­ing

Archery pro­gram opens ses­sion for new and re­turn­ing stu­dents be­gins Jan. 9

The Hamburg Area Item - - Local News - By Kolleen Long For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Tues­day nights are archery nights in the gym­na­sium at Salem Church, 2150 Old Route 22, Lenhartsville. That’s the night the church holds Cen­ter­shot classes.

The pro­gram is part of a larger pro­gram that teaches NASP ( Na­tional Archery in the Schools Pro­gram) prin­ci­ples to teach stu­dents ages 10 to se­nior adults the skills of archery.

A new ses­sion of Cen­ter­shot will be­gin at Salem Church on Tues­day, Jan. 9, and will run through Feb. 27. Stu­dents pay a $ 30 reg­is­tra­tion fee which cov­ers equip­ment, in­struc­tion and a Cen­ter­shot T- shirt. The last day to join the win­ter 2018 ses­sion is Tues­day, Jan. 23.

The archery pro­gram be­gan at Salem three years ago, and has in­cluded stu­dents from el­e­men­tary schools, par­ents with teenagers and adults from the com­mu­nity. New stu­dents join each ses­sion, and many re­turn mul­ti­ple times to ad­vance in archery skills.

Or­ga­niz­ers are an­tic­i­pat­ing ad­ding a sec­ond shoot­ing range this month in or­der to ac­com­mo­date a larger group of re­turn­ing stu­dents with more ad­vanced skills while still wel­com­ing new­com­ers to the sport.

Ethan Long, a sopho­more at Ham­burg Area High School, will be re­turn­ing to Cen­ter­shot this Jan­uary. He is ex­cited about classes re­sum­ing, he said, and he has par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of ses­sions over the past three years.

“I en­joy archery, and I like Cen­ter­shot be­cause it’s in­stinc­tive shoot­ing, a dif­fer­ent style of shoot­ing than some peo­ple are used to,” he said. “I like see­ing how other peo­ple im­prove in their aim and tech­nique over the weeks.”

Pro­gram di­rec­tors are Frank and Lori LaPearl of Ham­burg. The cou­ple were in­volved in start­ing a sim­i­lar pro­gram in their Read­ing- area church in 2010 and have com­pleted an in­ten­sive, eight- hour cer­ti­fi­ca­tion course.

“Some peo­ple aren’t sports ori­ented,” Frank said. “They can’t run fast. They can’t throw a ball, or what­ever. But they can pull a bow back, they can see the ar­row fly and they can see it hit­ting the tar­get. They see it hit and they say, ‘ Wow, I did it!’”

As they im­prove, he added, stu­dents are driven to hit the cen­ter of the tar­get. He has worked with stu­dents strug­gling with arthri­tis and has seen young­sters with at­ten­tion is­sues ben­e­fit from Cen­ter­shot.

Lori LaPearl said, “It’s funny how ex­cited they get when they ac­tu­ally hit the cen­ter.”

Par­ents are wel­come to stay and ob­serve the evening pro­gram. They are also en­cour­aged to join as adult stu­dents.

Dave Long, pas­tor of Salem, is ex­cited about of­fer­ing this archery pro­gram to the com­mu­nity.

“I think it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce peo­ple not just to archery,” he said, “but to what our God is all about.”

Cen­ter­shot is not tied to any de­nom­i­na­tion. Par­tic­i­pants do not need to at- tend Salem, or any church for that mat­ter, to at­tend. Also of note is the em­pha­sis on the sport of archery, not on the sport of hunt­ing.

For de­tails on Cen­ter­shot at Salem Church, read­ers may con­tact the church of­fice at 610- 562- 5033 or WeAreSalemChurch@gmail.com. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on the Cen­ter­shot archery pro­gram can be found on­line at cen­ter­shot. org.


New­com­ers ages 10to adults are wel­come to join Cen­ter­shot archery classes at Salem Church, Lenhartsville, on Jan. 9.


Ages 10to adults are wel­come.


Cen­ter­shot, an archery in­struc­tion pro­gram, will re­sume classes at Salem Church, Lenhartsville, on Jan. 9. Many of the last ses­sion’s stu­dents ( pic­tured here) are ex­pected to re­turn to the Tues­day night classes, and new­com­ers are also wel­come.


Ex­cited to have hit the cen­ter.

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