The AIC Archery program started in 2011 as an after school program. Equipment and funding were provided by Easton Foundations. It began as an educational activity to engage youth with STEM learning by utilizing archery as cultural pedagogy. In January 2014, the program was revamped to include the USA Archery affiliated Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) club and Adult Archery Program (AAP), along with weekly lessons to further involve Chicago communities.

Meet Our Staff:

Al Eastman – Archery Director
Al Eastman is Sicangu Lakota and a certified instructor with Archery Resources Education Level II and USA Archery. He previously coached experience with World Sport Chicago and the Chicago Archery Center. He also does workshops on flintknapping and arrow making.

Tammy Besser – Archery Coordinator
Tammy Besser is a USA Archery Level 3 Coach. In addition to coaching at AIC, Tammy is currently the Archery team coach at Northwestern University and instructs veterans with disabilities. She previouslyinstructed with World Sport Chicago and the Chicago Archery Center. Tammy's also certified by Archery Education Resources and participate in workshops on equipment repair and maintenance and bow-fitting. Tammy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has received training on many of the interventions and techniques commonly employed in sports psychology.


Michael Garcia – Archery Coordinator
Michael Garcia is Choctaw and a USA Archery Level 2 Instructor.