BEND, OR -- For the third consecutive year, Bend High’s Archery team is headed to the national tournament, as Oregon State Champions. Amber Greenwalt’s daughter is a sophomore on the team. She tells KBND News, "They’re very nervous; they know they have some very stiff competition, coming up. There’s supposed to be about 14,000 competitors total." Despite those nerves, she says, "We're very excited. Our first year, one of our gals brought home a $10,000 scholarship, so the students have seen that it can be done. We’ve got some all-stars on our team and I fully expect at least one, if not a couple of them, to podium at Nationals."
But, Greenwalt says the 22-member team still has work to do. "We have a pretty hefty bill going into Nationals - a little over $19,000; $12,500 of it is just in travel fees, alone." A spaghetti feed and silent auction will be held Friday night at Aspen Hall in Shevlin Park, and the event is nearly sold out. "All the proceeds – 100% are going toward the students. We’ve invited 120 ticket holders to this event."
She says fundraising for the team, even just getting publicity, can be tricky because they're often overlooked by a community focused on more mainstream athletics. "Literally, there are kids on our team that would not be able to participate in any other sport any other way, whether it’s financially or physically. This is a sport that we encourage and love on kids with disabilities, on kids that are shy. We are truly a team. You can walk in and feel the love of Bend High in our team."
Other fundraisers are in the works for the next six weeks. Donations can be made at Bend High or Central Cascades Archery. For more information on Friday's spaghetti feed, click HERE.