Those schools will introduce the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program in the spring.
A state championship shoot will be held in the fall involving the 20 pilot schools, and then another state shoot will be held in the spring with all 50 schools, Springer said.
“I feel like we will grow fairly quickly,” Springer said. “We are hoping to grow about 30 schools per year. Archery in the schools was the same way, but we exceeded that. We don't have to go out and find them.”
Archery in the Schools started in 2004 in Oklahoma at 10 pilot schools. At the first state championship shoot in 2005, 180 students participated.
Now, archery is being taught in more than 400 schools across Oklahoma, and an estimated 50,000 students are participating.
Springer said a handful of other states have a similar shooting sports program through the schools, including Texas and Arkansas.
Arkansas' program began 10 years ago and now has 5,000 kids involved in trap shooting. Schools even schedule matches against each other.
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Scholastic Shooting Program participants
The 20 pilot schools involved in the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports program are Earlsboro, Depew, Moss, Luther, Claremore, Altus, Ringling, Stringtown, Keys, Locust Grove, Beggs, Wister, Fairview, Carney, Jenks, Inola, Sequoyah-Claremore, Calumet, Ringling and Coweta.