Archery More Popular Than Ever With Young Girls Thanks to Hunger Games Movies
The popular Hunger Games series has been fueling an interest in the sport of archery, particularly among girls. The main character in the movies, Katniss Everdeen, is a wiz with the bow and arrow. According to a recent story on NPR, the heroine of these movies has inspired a whole new target group of athletes and many girls are taking interest.
Some sporting equipment outfitters say they’ve seen a big boost in bow and arrow sales since the film series began in 2012.
Following in the footsteps of Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, who’s fiercely talented with a bow and arrow, is one reason Y’Jazzmin came through the door here this fall.
Her mom, Alicia Christopher, says positive reinforcement has kept her daughter coming back. Y’Jazzmin competed in her first tournament earlier this month.
“Watching the way that she’s developed confidence in what she’s doing — she’s very confident,” Alicia says. “She used to be a really shy person, but now she’s opening socially.”
Alicia recently purchased a recurve bow for Y’Jazzmin. It cost about $130. And while that may sound pricey, archery store owner Boyd Wild says the high demand for recurve bows — the type Katniss uses in The Hunger Games — makes it hard to keep some models in stock.
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