Chicagoland JOAD is the legacy JOAD club first known as Auroraland JOAD and then Neuqua JOAD which was originally started in 1991 by founder and coach Don Branson. Upon the passing of Don Branson in August 2001, Chicagoland JOAD continued the tradition of providing an opportunity for Chicagoland area youth to experience target archery. Once a youth program for kids under age 18, Chicagoland JOAD now offers this opportunity for youth and adults.
In addition to exposing beginners to target archery, our focus is to develop aspiring tournament archers by providing advice for equipment selection and setup, as well as tournament opportunities. Over the years, our club members have included current and past state, regional and national champions, Jr. and Sr. USAT members, Jr. and Sr. USA World Team members, national and world record holders, and Olympic hopefuls.
Chicagoland JOAD is a not-for-profit organization with volunteer coaches who devote their time and offer their expertise to promote the sport of archery for future generations.
From 2001-2014, we provided indoor JOAD sessions at the Fox Valley Park District - Lippold Center, until the facility was demolished. In 2014, we rented space from Glisson Archery in Plainfield, and Chicago Archery in Elmhurst from 2015 to the 2018. In the fall of 2018, we shot indoors at The Archery Place in Montgomery until March of 2020.
Since the loss of our outdoor range at the Fox Valley Park District in 2005, we have been shooting at Mooseheart Child City and School. We have been fortunate to have had such a long-term relationship with Mooseheart in order to continue our outdoor program.
We have also been fortunate to host our indoor tournaments at Chicago Bow Hunters, Inc., in Bolingbrook.