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Daily Dose: Successful Archery Bid Proves If You Build It, They Will Come


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For as fast as the sport of archery has grown in Yankton over the past couple years, it’s about to explode within the next 12 months.

You have likely heard the news that Yankton was awarded the bid for the 2015 World Archery Youth Championships. It will bring approximately 600 archers from 60 countries to our town for one full week.

It’s easy to see this as “just another archery event,” but make no mistake: This will be one of the biggest — from an international perspective — sporting events the state of South Dakota will ever host.

And that’s not an exaggeration.

Think about it for a second: What other event in our state’s history would have this kind of global impact? What other event will be viewed online by millions of people across the world?

The answer is none.

Now, if you look at it this way, the competitors coming to Yankton next summer will not be the top professionals and Olympic hopefuls we’ve become accustomed to seeing. But still, these are some of the best youth archers from a number of states across the world — and going by past experience watching youth archers, they’re still pretty darn good.

There will be a lot to get done by those involved between now and next July, but the vision displayed by the folks over at the National Field Archery Association (stop out if you haven’t visited) would show you they’re up to the task. It’s no small feat to beat out Mexico City — which Yankton did in its bid to host the event.

In thinking about the magnitude of this event on Wednesday, I kept going back to the famous sports movie line: “If you build it, they will come.” Remember that one?

Well, this is the perfect example of that on the local stage.

It’s not a crime to dream big; to envision your little town of 15,000 people hosting one of your sport’s biggest events in the world. There’s no harm in trying. Go big or go home, right?

That’s been the motto of the NFAA since it relocated its national headquarters to Yankton. And it’s worth everyone’s attention to take stock of just what they’ve accomplished in a few short years.