(Lander, WY) – In about two weeks’ time, Maven produced over a dozen spotting scopes and a few pairs of binoculars for the USA Archery Team and their coaches to use for the Olympic Games in Tokyo starting this week.
Maven, a Lander-based outdoor optics producer, was contacted by Team USA’s coach, Chris Webster, in late June after he learned about the company through world-ranking archer Paige Pearce, who has worked with Maven for two years.
The two were in Paris last month during a world cup qualifier when Webster mentioned to Pearce they had not found anyone to work with for optics for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, according to Cade Maestas, Maven co-owner.
After about a 45-minute phone call between Maestas and Webster on June 25th, things were set into motion for Maven to be the official optics provider for the USA Archery Team in Tokyo this summer.
Olympic archery competitions only use recurve bows and only shoot targets at 70-meters, Maestas noted. Which makes spotting scopes the ideal optics for the athletes in these circumstances; their coaches use them as well along with binoculars.
Team USA selected what they wanted and designed them in red, white and blue colors.
By July 10th, Maven produced the 13 scopes and the few pairs of binoculars so they were ready to go to Tokyo with the team who begin competing this week.
Maestas shared Maven is very supportive of archery and is working to make slow, sustainable growth in the sport.
They recently signed Brady Ellison, a member of the USA Archery Team, as one of their pro-staff athletes. Ellison is ranked #1 in the world right now and a three-time Olympic medalist.
Maven’s pro-staff athletes are not paid but utilize their products, Maestas explained.
Maven also recently teamed up with another professional archer, Jesse Broadwater, for a fundraiser. For every Broadwater hat purchased, Maven donates $10 to the nonprofit Break the Barriers.
The nonprofit is “dedicated to celebrating awareness and victories of all abilities, ethnicities, and ages through exceptional programs, outreach, and inclusion education,” according to the Maven website.
Learn more about the fundraiser by clicking here.
Follow the USA Archery Team online here as they begin competing in Tokyo this week.