Meet Center Shot Archers Inc., America’s first Black and Latino Competitive Archery Team

Brooklyn’s Center Shot Archers was established in 2008 by pioneering African American archer and coach, Larry Brown.  After serving as the first Black coach for Columbia University’s women’s archery team, Coach Brown decided to dedicate himself to bringing the sport to New York’s inner-city youth.

Coach Brown has been teaching archery in school-based programs since 2004. When some of his students began to exhibit superior skills, he realized they needed a platform to further develop their talent and move to the sport’s next level.  With that realization, Center Shot Archers was born. While focused on supporting African American and Latino youth who historically did not have access to this sport and/or quality coaching, no archer has or will ever been turned away from our program based on race, culture, ethnicity or gender.   Consequently, our club is multiethnic, multiracial, and multicultural.

By applying Coach Brown’s core principles of persistence, patience, focus and physical training, Center Shot Archers are distinguishing themselves on the American archery circuit by consistently winning and placing at state, regional and national tournaments.  All of our students simply love the sport and enjoy shooting.  Many have Olympic Dreams and are working with grit and determination to achieve them.

As Coach Brown has noted:  “Never before has there been a group of African American and Latino youth participating — and winning — at this level of competition in the sport of archery.”  By following their progress, you are witnessing history in the making.  By supporting Center Shot’s fundraising efforts, you can be an active part of that history, helping to bring us closer to the day when one or more Center Shot Archers will become members of the U.S. Archery Team.  And after the first, many more shall follow.

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