USA Archery Seeking JOAD Award Nominations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Archery has a long and rich history of growing and supporting the sport of archery in the United States. Dating back to 1960, the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Program has been designed to foster youth archery participation.  

In 1985, the JOAD Award was established to recognize those individuals who have been instrumental in the promotion of the JOAD program. The inaugural recipient, for whom the award was originally named, was George Helwig, who founded the JOAD Program, served as president of USA Archery (then the National Archery Association) for several years, received the NAA’s Thompson Medal of Honor and dedicated over 60 years to developing the sport of Archery.

The JOAD Award is a lifetime achievement award, presented to an individual who has shown continuous support of the JOAD program throughout his or her life. Today, USA Archery takes great pride in celebrating the efforts of such individuals in our sport and is now accepting nominations.

Nominees should demonstrate a lifelong passion for archery. The nominee has not only contributed to the betterment of an existing JOAD program but has aided in the creation of new JOAD programs and the overall growth of the sport of archery.

If you know someone who is deserving of this lifetime achievement award, please complete this nomination form and send to USA Archery at by June 1st, 2018. The USA Archery staff and JOAD Committee will review all nominations and if a winner is selected, he or she will be announced at the 2018 JOAD National Target Championships.


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