By Chance Wayne from TheYoungArcher.com
I started as a 6th-grade kid who wanted to do something with his life and be the best he could be at it.
First, I tried wrestling, got injured, and quit. I tried basketball and couldn’t quite get the hang of things, so I decided to venture onto other things. Finally, I found archery. As I walked into the multi-purpose room of Anderson County Middle School and picked up my first bow, I had no idea just how much it would impact my life.
I was told I wouldn’t be good at archery and that I was a quitter who couldn’t stay in something longer than a few weeks, but I had support from family. At the time, it went in one ear and out the other because I loved archery and didn’t care what others had to think.
Around my sophomore year of high school, I started to use their words as motivation to push me further in my archery career. After seeing what that type of motivation could do to me, it gave me drive, ambition, and confidence that would bring me where I am today. The day I became a national champion in the IBO portion of NASP® I realized just how supportive the organization was towards me.
I come from a family who doesn’t exactly have the most money and NASP® made it possible for me to achieve my dreams. After I became a national champion, I wasn’t done. I then competed on Team USA in Drakensburg, South Africa in the All-Stars Championship, which once again couldn’t have been possible without NASP®. College was a dream but never seemed attainable until I put in the work and received scholarship money which I needed to pursue my dreams and future career. Africa changed my life for the better.
Becoming closer with Kevin Dixon, Lou Compton and Roy Grimes showed me just how much support they had for me. Soon after making the relationships with them, I had the wonderful opportunity of serving as the intern for Kentucky NASP® under Lisa Frye, traveling and watching just how NASP® changed everyone’s lives for the better, and it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Soon after my first year of interning, I found that I wanted to do more for the organization than just be an intern. I wanted to work for them, and I wanted to change kids lives just like Roy, Lou, Kevin, Tommy and Lisa did for me. I want to make an impact on one’s life such as NASP® has done for me and without these people, countless more, and all of those who never believed in me, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I love this organization and appreciate those who truly believed in me and I will do whatever it takes to give back to those who have made this possible. If you feel like you’re not good enough or feel as if you won’t be any good, think again. NASP® and all of those involved in it will change your life, one arrow at a time. Use the negative support to fuel your success and never give up. Soon your dreams will become true just as mine have.
~ Chance Wayne
From The Young Archer Staff
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