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Big Hearts: Abilene man aims to interest youth in archery

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - John Early lives the motto, if you love your work, you'll never work a day in your life, "It's awesome. I can't describe the feeling. I've got a hobby I do 8-9 hours a day."

He's the Bow Tech at Abilene Lumber, "I get to work on all the bows."

At least once a year, he has his sights set on helping youth in the community, "The kids are the future of archery. If you can keep the kids involved, then you can perpetuate the sport."

He aims to get more youngsters interested in the sport by volunteering his time at the City's, Abilene Outdoor Adventure Day. 

"Most of the time, it's the first time they've ever touched a bow, seen a bow, shot a bow," adds Early.

The target isn't just to shoot arrows, but to encourage people to get outside, "It's a great way to get kids and families involved and enjoying the outdoors," says Early.

His love for archery goes back to his childhood, "When I was about 11 or 12 years old, my Dad gave me an old bow that he had been shooting and just let me go out in the backyard and shoot it. I really enjoyed it."

Now he's sharing that same excitement with children in Abilene. 

Early says, " I get excited about that. It's cool watching them get excited about something and really get involved and telling their parents, I want to do this. Can we get a bow, can we go somewhere that has bows."

You're invited to the Abilene Outdoor Adventure Day, Saturday, June 2nd at Abilene's Grover Nelson Park. It's near the Abilene Zoo. It's a free event that includes all kinds of recreational sports for families to enjoy together. It begins at 9 am and continues through 4 o'clock in the afternoon. 


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