Area YMCA celebrates 20 years of 3D Archery
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[March 16, 2020]
- In 2000 the Lincoln Area YMCA formed the Archery Program with the
financial aid of Warren Wendlandt and Whitetails Unlimited.
Wendlandt and Whitetails donated funds to purchase the first bows,
arrows, and targets and thus began Y Archery.
Classes were held every March with three weeks of
practice and then the fourth week included a 3D course (shoot) in
the Miller woods in memory of the late Lee Miller.
The 3D shoot moved to the Wendlandt woods in 2003 where it is held
Over the years there have been several instructors including Keith
Brook, Bob Sanders, Darrin Coffey, Jerry Benninger, Jason Lucas,
Laura Howard and myself.
Kurt Wendlandt helps with the bonfire cookout every year at the end
of the 3D shoot where the archery kids and families are welcome to
attend, watch the kids shoot and eat afterwards.
Trophies and awards are given for their skills, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
place trophies are given to two different teams, Team Boone and Team
Teams are broken up depending on skill level.
In 2014, Warren Wendlandt passed away.
In 2015, the Y Archery Program was renamed Warren
Wendlandt Archery in his honor and dedication for all the help he
provided. Ron’s Towing, Grimaldi Law Office, and Don Peasley stepped
up and sponsored the program after that and still do to this date.
“I feel archery gives kids an alternative sport to be
involved in if they are not interested in other sports that the
schools offer,” said archery leader David Duvall. “Archery is also
an additional sport for the kids that are involved in other sports
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“I have enjoyed archery throughout many years of my
life and enjoy passing that onto others. Whether it be learning for
hunting purposes or just target shooting, I feel I can keep them
heading in the right direction. The students seem to stay focused
and enjoy the class.
“I have seen many archery kids grow into adults and
now bow hunting or just shooting with a family member. We have seen
many kids start the program with no experience, never shot a bow and
at the 3D shoot at their 4th week of class winning trophies with
“That’s what brings me back year to year for 20 years.”
The annual program averages about 30 kids per class, a perfect
number for all the instructors to teach. The program teach basic
archery for compound bows only.