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Some students will be carrying bows and arrows when they head back to the Angelina College campus this fall. It might seem like an atypical back-to-school necessity but the college is now enrolling for their newest physical education class: Archery.
"Archery is a sport that appeals to a lot of people," said Ricky Gay, an archery instructor at Angelina College. "You have to learn discipline and being consistent, good or bad, is what archery is all about."
Gay picked up his first bow at the age of eight but has been practicing target archery for the past four years. Now he will teach the fundamentals of the sport to a classroom.
"The course will teach you not only proper technique. It will also teach you the anatomy of a bow and why it works," Gay said. "With target archery, you can shoot and develop technique and get better and better."
Gay's daughter who was on the Texas A&M archery team sparked his interest in the sport and hasn't been able to put down his bow and arrow since.
"An archery shot is the same as a golf swing. There's a set of rules that you have to go by in order to execute the perfect shot ... the difference is that you have to get to a point where you can repeat it time and time again," Gay said.
Gay said his archery class will meet once a week and it will be very hands-on and appeal to experienced bow hunters and the novice.
"We'll spend a couple weeks learning the basics and then we're going to do a lot of shooting. I've never seen anybody not like it," Gay said. "It'll be very hands on and you will learn the basic 10 steps to archery."
Angelina College is enrolling students for their fall semester now. The archery class will meet weekly on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the gym. For more information on the class, email Ricky at: email@example.com or for registration information at Angelina College call: (936) 633-5212. Classes begin August 27, 2014.