Archery's Family & Friends Day Another Huge Success
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

NEW YORK On Saturday, November 13, the Columbia archery team hosted its seventh annual Family & Friends Day, and once again it was a huge success.  The interactive event took place in LeFrak Gymnasium on Barnard's campus.

Head coach Derek Davis welcomed the crowd and introduced the 2010-11 Lions.  Participants were given a brief lesson on archery before they were able to try the sport first hand and put to test all they have just learned.  Current team members gave one-on-one lessons to eager learners.  All in all, it was an afternoon filled with fun and laughter and remains a great tradition of the Columbia archery team.

Check out photos of the event here!

Here is what a few of the Lions had to say about the Family & Friends Day.

"The event is a wonderful way for our team to show the Columbia community what archery is all about, especially since we don't have any tournaments here on campus.  Furthermore, many people take the success of our team for granted and have a new appreciation for what we do once they try it themselves.  But not only that - archery is fun!  My friends who came to the event ended up staying longer than they planned because they were enjoying themselves so much, and they are all excited for next year's Friends and Family Day.  It was also exciting to see many young children from the community come learn about archery and become excited about the sport.  One nine-year old girl who attended the event told me that she is asking her parents for a bow for Christmas!"

- Sarah Chai, junior, recurve bow

"I love the Friends and Family Day event because it is a way for us to share what we do with the community.  One of my favorite parts of our weekend practices is having families watch from outside the gym and this was a great opportunity for us to be able to connect with them and let them try out our sport for themselves.  A lot of people don't understand how fun and challenging archery can be and by actually having the chance to try it for themselves, I think our friends gained a greater appreciation for the sport and a better perspective on our commitment to the team.  One of my favorite aspects of archery is that it is truly a sport for everyone.  There are no age constraints in archery and so we were able to include everyone in our demonstrations from toddlers to grandparents.  It was especially rewarding seeing the pride on my friends' faces as they improved throughout the afternoon."

- Emily Genatowski, sophomore, compound bow