May 24, 2012

Archery Club aims for success

Should a student look through the archives at the clubs present on campus in the 1950s, they would surely find a collection of black-and-white photos of the Knox College Women’s Archery Club. Three freshman girls plan to give the club a comeback in the 2012-2013 academic year — but this time with both men and women.

“It would be a lot of fun to get this club up to what it was in the 1950s,” Archery Club co-president freshman Jade Ivy said. “Back then, they were winning championships.”

Ivy recalls how she and fellow co-president freshman Lizzy Scray talked about their interest in the archery club before coming to Knox this fall only to find that the club no longer existed. One preliminary meeting for the new club was held earlier this week, and they plan to start out next fall in full force. Around 20 Knox students have already expressed interest in joining.

Meetings will be weekly, and the club founders plan to partner with a local archery range for practice and training. No previous experience is necessary.

“I would love to see all of the members getting together to mentor each other,” Ivy said, who hopes to eventually bring the club up to its old reputation.

The founders also hope to make membership in the club a cultural experience. For instance, they are planning an “Archery Around the World” event, which would teach attendees about archery in other cultures, such as in Japan, as opposed to the more traditional European style.

“I want people to actually appreciate the sport for something other than what they see in pop culture,” club treasurer freshman Bethany Larson said.

Archery Club, though, does not plan to completely ignore the pop culture side of things, as they are considering a Hunger Games-related event for next year.

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