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George Helwig

1917 - 2001



Class of 1980
Contributor to the Sport

George founded the Junior Olympic Archery Development Program for children in 1960 and later participated in three Olympic Games. He was coach at the 72 Games in Munich and the 76 Games in Montreal, and he was a top referee in the 84 Games in Los Angeles. As the national tournament director at Miami University in Oxford for 31 years, is was in charge of running the national archery tournament held there. George was active in the Federated International Target Association for 31 years, and was awarded numerous medals, honors and awards, including the Natural Archery Associations medal of honor. One of his proudest accomplishments was the gold medal he won in the Baton Rouge (La.) Senior Olympics in 2000. 


 Notes of Interest

  •  President, National Archery Association, 1973-76

  • Founder of the National Archery Association Junior Olympic Archery Program

  • Founding Board Member, Archery Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc.

  • Vice President, Archery Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., 30 years

  • Recipient, National Archery Association Junior Olympic Archery Development Award, 1986

  • Recipient, National Archery Association's Thompson Medal of Honor, 1980

  • More than 60 years service to archery



George with Dave Staples,
Pat Wingfield and
Joe Rusinek  at Cobo Hall            Tournament in 1970





Florence Lilly, George Helwig and Bob Rhode at the 1980 Archery Hall of Fame Induction


George presents Diane Miller with Archery Personality of the Year Award in 1975 at the Edinboro Scottish Pro Am Professional Archers Association  Tournament


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