The NRA Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Atlantic County Federation of Sportsmen to assist its annual Youth Sporting Clays Shoot. Founded in 1998, the youth marksmanship event is the largest of its kind on the east coast. More than 60 children participated in this year’s 17th Annual Youth Sporting Clays Shoot, which was hosted by the Atlantic County Chapter of the New Jersey Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.
Every event begins with a safety briefing, ensuring all participants and parents know how to properly handle the firearms being used. The briefing also provides an opportunity to teach the young attendees about the responsibility that comes with participating in the shooting sports. During the event, each participant shoots 25 clays from stations manned by skilled instructors.
“I like watching the kids shoot, especially the first time shooters,” said Atlantic County Federation of Sportsmen Treasurer Howard Huston. “Parents are grateful we thoroughly teach gun safety and handling and the kids enjoy the event so much that many come back year after year.”
The annual Youth Sporting Clays Shoot is free to all youth aged 10 to 16 and gives shooters of all skill levels the chance to learn and grow in the shooting sports. To date, the Atlantic County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, has received five NRA Foundation grants totaling more than $5,300.
About the National Rifle Association
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in forearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit http:///nra.org.
About The NRA Foundation
Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearm and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shootings sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context. Learn more about the NRA Foundation and how to apply for grants at www.nrafoundation.org.
About Friends of NRA
Friends of NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement to organize and, with help from NRA field staff, plan community events for firearms enthusiasts. All net proceeds from Friends of NRA events are allocated to The NRA Foundation, the leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. Through NRA Foundation grants for equipment, training materials, range improvements, and more, qualified local, state, and national programs receive aid to involve and inspire a new generation of competitive shooters. Learn more about Friends of NRA at www.friendsofnra.org.