Major Uncertainties for the Future of Archery

Scott Felt and Marc Cazerez

For the first time in eight years, the archery team at Da Vinci is not listed under athletics on the school website. 

After archery coaches Jim Sullivan and Siri Sahib Khalsa had been informed of the funding withdrawal for the archery team, the coaches stated they did what they could to get together with Athletic Director, Rogelio Diaz, and discuss what they could do about it. After this particular gathering, it was decided that another meeting was set to take place at the end of the month where negotiations for the archery team would be discussed. 

“There is still funding going towards archery,” Diaz said. 

The archery team has been listed on the athletics page for the past eight years and this is the first year that it isn’t. The absence of the sport remains significant to those involved with the team. 

“I think when people are, you know, going on the website and trying to find out what’s available at the school, I think it’s pretty important,” said Sullivan. 

The students on the team went to school board meetings to see if there was anything that they could do to help their cause. 

“We were all there in our shirts with all our metals. And basically, we’re there to show that you know, that we’ve been at Da Vinci for eight years, and we should really just be with it,” said Aiden Cessor, a junior who attends Da Vinci Science and was on the archery team. 

With meetings in place, Khalsa is trying to make sure the board understands the importance of the archery team and how it can affect kids in a positive way. 

“On a personal level, I think, you know, it’s important to us, I mean, we are a sport,” Khalsa said.  “Archery is a sport, Olympic sport for God’s sake, you know, people win thousands of dollars in competitions.” 

With meetings in action between Jim, Siri, Rogelio Diaz, and the school board, there is potentially room for updates on what the future holds for the archery team at Da Vinci.