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           Every Archer has a different beginning to their carried out Archery Legacy.  Mine begins, like many, with my Father.  As far as I can remember, around the age of 4 or sooner, I constantly asked to go out in the woods with my Father to join him in his hunt, with hope of a blessed return with the game that he sought out at the time.  At times we would leave empty handed and other times we left the woods with joy and excitement to carry out a Whitetail deer.  I was immediately drawn to every aspect of hunting.  Bow, Firearm, and just being in the woods, it didn’t matter I was happy.

            I immediately wanted a bow and was gifted the little red compound bow.  Right away I had a natural eye hitting the X with ease.  This natural eye, amazing my parents, went out and purchased tournament arrows and set me on my way to 3D tournaments.  As I grew, the targets were able to be shot at from a farther distance and the bows got bigger and better.  My Father told me that if I stuck with not only Hunting, but archery in particular, big things could happen in my Future.  He was right.

            At the age of 12, legal age to take a deer by bow in Michigan at the time, I took my first deer.  Every hunting season from there on I went on and hunted.  I had my successful seasons as well as unsuccessful, but every time leaving the woods with a learning experience and looking at ways I can better myself for a more guaranteed hunt.  But this isn’t “Beyond the Bow.”

            In 2013, I sat down and thought, “I wanted to do more with archery, something that many have not attempted.”  I contact a Hospital that treated individuals for various illnesses and asked if I could host an archery shoot to benefit the cause there.  Upon approval I attempted this journey, but after a few months in realized I was being faced with failure due to a lack of financial sources and structure.  This didn’t stop me, failure pushed me forward.

            I took the necessary means; including known individuals, a study during my college education, and research, to develop a nonprofit organization.  After dedicated time, filings and two years of patience, in 2015 I was able to incorporate a nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization, known as Shoot for Life, Corp with a mission as my vision.  This charitable corporation was developed to help organizations that research and/or treat life-altering illnesses.

            I wanted to bring a charitable organization that used the passion many have for archery and other outdoor activities to help raise funding and awareness for various illnesses. There is an outstanding amount of hunters, archers and outdoor enthusiast across the world that love to support a hospital, research, facility, etc.  So why not combine the best of both worlds?

            This is my, “Beyond the Bow.”  I encourage others to go beyond the bow; help teach a child or adult to shoot bow, help out an organization that incorporates what you love to do to help others, or help out your local archery facility with an event that helps other by any means.  You are your own limit.

 

-Tom D. Spisz - Founder

Shoot for life was developed with one idea in mind....Help fight as many illnesses as it can as the organization grows. As mentioned, our attempt in doing so will be through charitable archery events with other charitable outdoor activities with designated causes added as we grow. Your donation will help us acheive this mission. But more importantly your generous support, kindness, and passion to join us will project us farther in our mission and help save lives.  Your donation matters to many!!!

A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER

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