A $4,731 grant will add to Pennsylvania College of Technology's arsenal of archery equipment and increase the attractiveness of the sport to students who might not otherwise fulfill their interest in competing on the intercollegiate coed team.
The funding was awarded by the Easton Sports Development Foundation II, which in the past several decades, has donated millions of dollars to bring archery into the mainstream and help its development at all levels.
An earlier Easton grant to Penn College was used to buy lower-weight recurve bows, primarily for use by female archers; the latest gift will allow the purchase of three heavier bows and related equipment.
"In this area, we don't have a lot of recurve shooters," said Brian J. Parker, entering his second year as coach of the Wildcat archery team. "We have enough bowhunter and compound equipment to fill our ranks, but we're a little shy on the recurve end."
The new bows, which he said would be prohibitively expensive without Easton's generosity, could make team participation more likely for those who lack the equipment or the financial wherewithal to buy their own.
Parker, a three-time archery All-American at Penn College prior to his 1997 graduation with a degree in electrical occupations, praised the foundation and the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association for their commitment to the sport - and their assistance in growing college archery programs.
"(Association President) Lorretta Sinclair has worked with Easton, not only in getting us grants but in moving U.S. Collegiate Archery to another level," the coach said. "There are more teams than ever - and more archers than ever - at the college level, and it all comes back to their efforts."