Vanguard Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization enhancing young lives through archery in Arizona!

JOAD Program

In 2018, we began our Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program which is part of a nationwide program through USA Archery. JOAD provides youth up to 20 years of age a platform to learn and develop archery skills to compete in local and national tournaments. Archery provides the opportunity to participate in a sport which is centered around goal setting, develops problem solving skills, increases focus, builds confidence and helps create friendships that will last a lifetime.


Our club, like many others throughout the country is facilitated by certified instructor(s) through weekly sessions for members and open to new comers of all ages. Each athletes' progress will be tracked through specific training plans and USA Archery Achievement awards to serve as milestones as they develop.

Whether your child's interest is purely recreational or an Olympic, Paralympic, or World Championship dream, USA Archery's JOAD program is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals.


Coaching Philosophy

The chances of obtaining positive outcomes is increased when we develop a consistent mental process that is accessible on demand (especially under pressure). Our coaching philosophy is centered on this concept: "Fortune favors the prepared mind"

Safety First

Believe it or not, archery is statistically one of the world's safest sports. 

All of our instructors, staff, and volunteers who have regular contact with youth participants are required to continually participate in training provided by the U.S. Center for Safesport. Safesport works collaboratively with sport organizations to foster a culture of safety by raising awareness, centralizing best practices, and providing education and training to promote respect and prevent abuse.

Our Team

Our Team

Kylon Gresham


USA Archery Level 3 NTS Coach

Onnie Brown

Vice President

Lateef Gresham


John Hite

Community Liaison

Shamekia Thompson

Fundraising Coordinator

Sponsors & Community Partners

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