San Diego, Calif. – May 11, 2016 – The Easton Foundations announces the 2016 SoCal Showdown to be hosted at the Easton Archery Center of Excellence in Chula Vista, Calif. from Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25, and the gold medal finals occurring on Sunday, June 26 at the annual San Diego County Fair. This U.S. Archery national ranking event aims to have 600 participants compete to be a member of the elite U.S. National Teams. Participation is open to any member of USA Archery. The cost to participate is $150 (early) / $200 (late) and entries for registration must be submitted by Friday, June 10, 2016.
Sponsored by Arizona Archery Enterprises, Inc., the SoCal Showdown official practice day kicks off the weekend-long event on Thursday, June 23. The preliminary competition days are free for spectators to attend and watch athletes go head to head, arrow for arrow, in their pursuit of the gold medal. Many seasoned archers competing are Olympians, World Cup Champions and U.S. National Team Members.
The event culminates with the Individual Gold Medal Matches on Sunday, June 26 with archers competing for gold in front of the grandstands of the Del Mar Race Track at the San Diego County Fair. Please note, there is a cost to attend this event. Discounted tickets to the fair are available for purchase during registration and include full access to the fair festivities and finals matches.
SoCal Showdown is a unique opportunity for both cadet and senior archers to compete in a World Cup or Olympic-like experience, as well as a chance to bring archery to the masses and raise awareness of the sport as Team USA heads into the Olympic Games in August 2016.
2016 SoCal Showdown Schedule
** NOTE: The following events from Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25 will be at the Easton Archery Center of Excellence on the campus of the U.S. Olympic Training Center at 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, Calif., 91915. Free admission for spectators.**
- Thursday, June 23 – Official practice available on all fields from 12-noon to 5 p.m. Check-in and equipment inspection available at each practice field from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Friday, June 24 – Qualifications, Team Rounds and Bronze Medal Matches
- Saturday, June 25 – Olympic Round Matches, Bronze Medal Matches, Archery Festival and Team Finals
- Sunday, June 26 – Olympic Round Finals at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar. Discounted tickets to the fair are available for purchase during registration and include full access to the fair festivities and finals matches.
For more information on the 2016 SoCal Showdown including a detailed schedule of events, please visit www.socalshowdown.org and follow Easton Foundations on Facebook for updates on the upcoming events.
ABOUT THE EASTON ARCHERY CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
Funded by the Easton Foundations, the Easton Archery Center of Excellence in Chula Vista, Calif. boasts one of the largest dedicated indoor ranges in the world. This premier facility, along with Easton Foundations’ four other operating archery centers will provide superior performance training for teams and individual athletes while focusing on developing the archery talents of current and future U.S. Olympic Archery and Paralympic Archery Team Members. The other Easton Foundations operating centers are located in:
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Newberry, Fla.
- Van Nuys, Calif.
- Yankton, S.D.
In addition, the Easton Foundations has funded archery centers both locally and around the world. These include seven affiliate archery centers as well as two international centers:
- Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln, Neb.
- Outdoor Adventure Center in Brookings, S.D.
- West Michigan Archery Center in Rockford, Mich.
- Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center at Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich.
- Georgia Southern University Shooting Sports Education Center in Statesboro, Ga.
- Archery Learning Center in Snellville, Ga.
- Florida Archery Foundation in Vero Beach, Fla.
- Archery Excellence Center of Madrid, Spain
- World Archery Excellence Center in Lausanne, Switzerland
The Easton Foundations has also supported over 15 other archery centers in the U.S. as well as the hundreds of archery programs that have enabled families, youth, adults and the disabled to experience archery.
The Easton Archery Center of Excellence will enhance California’s ability to attract and host major archery events, including world cups and world championships that bring significant economic impact and media exposure to the state. For more information on the Easton Archery Center of Excellence or the Easton Foundations, please visit our website www.esdf.org.
ABOUT THE UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. The Chula Vista Olympic Training Center opened in 1995 and is dedicated to the development of Team USA’s current and future Olympians and Paralympians. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.
ABOUT THE EASTON FOUNDATIONS
Created by Jim Easton, CEO of Jas. D. Easton, Inc., the Easton Foundations aims to promote and maintain the viability of archery by growing the sport as a mainstream activity at the state, regional and national level. This is accomplished by developing grassroots programs in communities and schools, supporting college and university programs, and through these efforts, inspiring the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. Additionally, the Foundations support the building and/or operation of outdoor and indoor archery facilities at city parks, schools, universities and sports complexes throughout the U.S., and provides programs to train aspiring archers, trainers, coaches and administrators. For more information on the Easton Foundations, please go to the website www.esdf.org. Connect with us on Facebook.