Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) is
designed to introduce 4th-12th grade students to the sport of
International-Style Target Archery during their Physical Education
Class and as an extracurricular team sport. Mississippi Department
of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is the
driving force behind AIMS. The program, which
began in 2005 with 10 schools, is now in almost 500 schools and in
50 counties with more than 70,000 students participating each year.
The growth of AIMS has followed the national trend
of Archery being the fastest growing sport nationwide and
statewide. The first statewide Archery Invitational was held in
Mississippi in 2011 with 400 student archers competing; and that
number has expanded to over 3,900 student archers competing
annually in the AIMS State Championships.
Mississippi students also rank at the highest levels in both
National and International Archery competitions every year.
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