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Over 600 Youth Archers from 21 Schools to Compete at Johnston High School

AMES, Iowa - Over six hundred youth will be competing in the archery competition of the 2014 Winter Iowa Games powered by the Iowa Food & Family Project. Partnering with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the event will take place Saturday, Feb. 8 at Johnston High School.

Archers will being their first flight at 9:00 a.m. and continue shooting throughout the day. Students will compete both on the individual and team level. Teams from Atlantic, Central Decatur, Mount Ayr, Spencer and central Iowa will be participating.

The National Archery in the Schools Program in Iowa is coordinated through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Currently there are nearly 200 Iowa schools participating in the program.

The Iowa Games added the archery competition to the docket of sports in 2011 and the event continues to grow. In 2011, the event was held in Central City and had 67 participants. This year with a total of 617 archers from 21 schools, the event will break the previous record set in 2013 by more than 150 participants.

The follow schools will be competing at the event: Atlantic High School/Middle School, Bergman Academy, Blakesburg Elementary, Cardinal Community Schools, Central Decatur Elementary/Middle School/High School, Diagonal, Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont Middle School/High School, Eddyville Elementary, Fremont Elementary, Iowa Christian Academy, Johnston, Jordan Creek Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Mount Ayr Community School, North Mahaska Community School, Sacred Heart, Spencer Community School, Stilwell Junior High and Valley High School.

The Iowa Games archery competition in both winter and summer have become popular as 2013 Iowa Games male athlete of the year, Bridger Deaton (Otley), Miranda Leek (West Des Moines), and Matt Stutzman (Fairfield) continue to compete not only nationally, but at the international level.

"Young archers see these Iowans competing at a high level and it has definitely been noticed," commented Kim Abels, Sports and Special Event Director at the Iowa Games. "These three athletes serve as great role models in the sport of archery."

Both Deaton and Stutzman have earned several Iowa Games medals.

The 2014 Games will look to set a new participation record with over 4,300 athletes to compete in the annual winter sports festival.

The 2014 Games kicked off in late January and will continue through February. Over the course of four weekends, the Winter Iowa Games will hold competitions for 23 sports in 15 different communities.

To learn more about the Winter Iowa Games, visit


The mission of the Iowa Games is to provide sports and recreation opportunities for all Iowans through Olympic-style festivals, events and programs.

The Iowa Games is a department of the Iowa Sports Foundation. The Iowa Sports Foundation is a nonprofit sports management organization that helps develop amateur sports in Iowa and promote positive lifestyles and physical fitness through athletic events and health education initiatives.

The Iowa Food & Family Project proudly powers the Iowa Games and supports Live Health Iowa. It encourages Iowans interested in health and wellness to participate in discussions and activities that increase their confidence about how food is grown and trust in the farmers who grow it. Because the more we know, the more we grow! Feed your curiosity at

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