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Kids take archery lessons in Marine Park

Brooklyn Daily

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Taking aim: Anthony Dileo, 8, of Gravesend, eyes his target.
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Learning to draw: Urban Park Ranger Christina Knoll assists 8-year-old Bobby Brunotte of Gerritsen Beach with his technique.
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Eagle eye: Kensington’s Benedicte Mamedova, 8, eyes her target during her archery lesson.
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Take that: Danielle Schneider, 11, concentrates while taking aim.

The “Hunger Games” may be a work of fiction, but just in case life starts imitating art, kids are learning to protect themselves — with arrows!

Kids, teens, and adults flocked to the handball court in Marine Park’s Lenape Playground for archery lessons on April 8, courtesy of the park’s expert, arrow-slinging rangers.

“We’ve been offering archery lessons for some years now, but I know that with the ‘Hunger Games’ there has abeen a lot more interest in it,” said a Parks spokesman.

Newcomers were given lessons on the basic techniques of archery, including how to stand and how to hold the bow, before getting three chances to strike the target.

“You have to make sure that the feathers are not going to hit the bow,” said Sergeant Rick Amorocho, a city park ranger. “Then, you have to hold up the bow, line up the sight, and pull back as hard as you can. While you’re aiming, it’s important to breath in and out, and while you’re breathing in, that’s when you shoot.”

Not everyone who showed up was an archery newbie, however — some people even brought their own bows!

“We did get some people that brought their own bows, but we don’t allow that, simply because we don’t know how potent their bows are. We didn’t want anybody shooting through the target,” said Amorocho.

Archery vets were forced to use the park’s standard recurve bows, but, fortunately, everybody had a good time and nobody went home with any extra belly buttons.

“Some were hitting the target, some were missing, but everybody had good time just trying to shoot,” Amorocho said.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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