By Saundrine Lanouette
Students at Harold Washington College now have the opportunity to try their hand at something new outside of the classroom with the recently established HWC Archery Club.
“The club is made of two components. The first is a competitive team of eight members who practice up to three times weekly as a team and the other part is a group of recreational members and we’ll have events about once a month,” said Raquel Navarro, Harold Washington College archery president.
Members of the competitive team are fortunate enough to learn from Brent Harmon, a talented archer in the area and coach for a new archery club in Chicago, Northside Archery Club. He has experience as a coach for the USA Archery Junior Dream Team which coaches elite youth archers.
The HWC Archery Club has already seen success competitively at local events.
“Two of our club members took first and second place at one of the tournaments which is really great for the team,” said Navarro.
“It is something different. It is something that I found interesting,” said club member Concepcion Obispo whom had no prior experience with archery before joining the club.
“The people are cool, I really enjoy archery, learning how to be better and learning more about it,” said Yaira Such, club member whom had archery experience from high school.
Students of any experience level, who may be interested in learning the sport, are encouraged to attend a monthly event put on by the club. The events are an introductory class to archery. Equipment is provided and clinics cost $5.
Beginner clinics are set for Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The location for both clinics are at Pulaski Park, 1419 W Blackhawk St. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org required to attend the clinic.
Students practice at Pulaski Park indoor facility on Wednesday nights from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.