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Kiwanis to Host Archery Tournament

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LAWTON, Okla._ An archery tournament this weekend hopes to raise awareness of the sport and build interest in our area.

The Lawton Kiwanis organization is sponsoring the event on Saturday at the Great Plains Coliseum.

The sport is for anyone, coaches say, but that's not to say it's easy. It takes determination and focus in order to succeed, players say. 

"It's just you, that arrow and the target," said Rafael Santos, Kiwanis president and archery coach at Flourmound Elementary. "You don't have to be the most athletic … what you have to have is focus, self-confidence and a little self determination."

Lesa Sparks is a teacher at Bishop Elementary school and the coach of the archery team there. She says for most of the more than 80 students involved, it's the most exciting part of their day.

"They're in a good mood the rest of the day," Sparks said.  "These kids stand still, they don't talk they concentrate on the target and that carries over into the classroom."

There are 370 schools in Oklahoma that have archery teams, and this weekend more than 150 students will compete.

All money raised will go toward improving existing programs and funding future teams at new schools.

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