LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Archery is one of the fastest growing sports in Arkansas. The sport has gotten so big the regional tournaments are being held this weekend.

The hit movie and book, the "Hunger Games," helped pump up the sport.

"I didn't know if I would make the team," said sophomore Austin Druilhet, who not only made it on the archery team at Robinson High School, but also into Regionals. "I feel excited, ecstatic, like I'm going to do something here."

In Arkansas, 2,700 students are competing, which is a 36 percent increase from last year.

"Watching that movie [Hunger Games] made me want to do what they were doing," said Druilhet.

Two years ago, Robinson High Coach Mike Morrison applied for a grant through Arkansas Game and Fish for the equipment.

"These kids haven't paid a dime to be out here," said Morrison.

Boys and girls are learning skills that can't always be taught in the classroom like "patience, how to relax and discipline," said Morrison.

Archery is not just for high school kids. The tournament involves elementary and middle school kids, too, so a total of 452 Arkansas schools have archery. The regional tournament is Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Robinson High.

Archery is not a sanctioned sport in Arkansas, which can be beneficial because all the money earned at concessions will stay at the school. Adults can also get involved through the
Arkansas State Archery Association.

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