The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California was expanded with a new state-of-the-art archery center on October 22, thanks to lifelong archery supporter Jim Easton. Gifted and operated by the Easton Foundations, this expansion adds 42,629 square feet to the current U.S. Olympic Training Center.
“USA Archery is excited about the opening of the Easton Center of Excellence,” said Denise Parker, USA Archery CEO. “This project has been Jim Easton’s dream for many years, and we’re excited to see it come to fruition. Thanks to the Easton family’s generosity, it will be the world’s finest, most state-of-the-art archery training facility. Athletes lucky enough to live and train there will have the best resources possible, while being wrapped in its inspiring architecture and design.”
In proper archery fashion, the ribbon was cut with bows and arrows by a collection of U.S. Olympians. The grand opening also marked the 80th birthday of Jim Easton.
“Part of my vision to support the development of sports education and programs for youth and aspiring Olympians and Paralympians has included designing, building and supporting archery training facilities,” said Jim Easton, son of Doug Easton and current CEO of Jas. D. Easton Inc. “The Easton Archery Center of Excellence is the culmination of years of planning and hard work by a team devoted to the goal of providing leadership, facilities, programs, training and education for the growth and development of archery, an unmatched experience for Olympic and Paralympic archery hopefuls, and a legacy (that) allows archers from around the world to pursue their competitive dreams.”
The facility was designed by Bob Easton, Jim’s brother and a champion archer. It incorporates classrooms, conference rooms, a fitness room, an athletes’ lounge, coaches’ offices, plus two 90-meter outdoor ranges and a 70-meter indoor range to accommodate every archer’s needs.
“This is a great stepping stone for a new stage of the Olympic movement of USA Archery,” said national head coach KiSik Lee in an interview with USA Archery. “We have the best facility in the world that would not only inspire athletes, but make them more proud to be part of Team USA.”
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