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By UTYESS, 10/29/19, 7:45AM MDT


COLUMBIA, MO –Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports (UTYESS) president, Brian Beard, attended the annual National Youth Shooting Sports Partners Conference over the weekend, hosted by the MidwayUSA Foundation. This year’s event marked the 7th annual conference of its kind. Youth shooting sports partners around the nation gather with the MidwayUSA Foundation to learn about the foundation’s current performance, goals for the future, and best practices.

During last years conference, the MidwayUSA Foundation announced a goal to get more of the teams that have a Team Endowment account with the MidwayUSA Foundation to be more engaged in funding their future. To be considered engaged, a team must have received at least one match eligible donation to their Team Endowment account of any dollar amount. Since last year’s conference, Utah has become one of the foundation’s partners with the highest percentage of engaged teams. Brian was asked to speak at the conference on what the state has done to engage the teams within Utah’s footprint.

“Education and continual communication are key in keeping a team engaged,” explains Brian Beard, UTYESS President. “In Utah we are constantly communicating with our coaches and teams around the status of their team endowment account, providing account statements, and sharing news and information that becomes available from the MidwayUSA Foundation. We have also been grateful in our ability to offer a match of all match eligible donations. This is in addition to the MidwayUSA Foundation matching program, also funded by Larry and Brenda Potterfield.”

UTYESS President Brian Beard stands with Larry Potterfield, Larry and Brenda Potterfield have provided over $770,000 of funding to Utah’s youth shooting sports. Friday, October 25, 2019

The MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Program gives a community the ability to financially support a competitive youth shooting sports program. Like other sports, shooting teams provide wonderful opportunities for students to make friends, develop confidence, and learn discipline and leadership skills. However, most schools and clubs provide little or no funding for youth shooting sports teams, so it is up to us to help. As the primary program of the MidwayUSA Foundation, Team Endowments provide financial support to high school and college level youth shooting sports teams across America. Teams grow their Team Endowment through fundraisers and donations. Thanks to generous donations from Larry and Brenda Potterfield, 100% of each donation goes to team endowment of a donor’s choice, the Foundation keeps nothing for operations. The team can then request a grant of 5% of their endowment balance once each year, in either June or December, to pay for team expenses.

The conference also provides many networking opportunities to the invited partners. During this year’s conference, Brian says he was able to do valuable networking with Larry and Brenda Potterfield, other USAYESS partners, ACUI Clay Targets program, Friends of NRA, Federal Premium, USA Shooting, the Amateur Trapshooting Association, and numerous others.


About MidwayUSA Foundation

The MidwayUSA Foundation is a public charity working to sustain the shooting sports industry by providing long-term funding to youth shooting teams. Each year, teams can apply for a grant for 5% of their endowment balance to use for expenses, such as range fees, travel, ammunition, uniforms and more. Every donation made to the MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment program is 100% tax deductible and supports the mission to help communities and organizations raise funds to support their youth shooting team. For more information about the MidwayUSA Foundation and the Team Endowment Account Program, please visit or call (877) 375-4570.


About The Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program

The Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program (DBA Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating youth in Utah about wildlife conservation and firearm safety and promoting youth shooting sports on a competitive and scholastic level throughout the State of Utah. Our purpose is to provide training and guidance to the youth shooting programs of Utah, with the goal of developing self-confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance, respect, personal discipline, responsibility, citizenship, teamwork, and sportsmanship through regular practice and competition at local, state, and national events. For more information on the Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program or to find a team near you, visit

UTYESS President Brian Beard stands for a photo with other USAYESS partners, ACUI Clay Targets, and the Potterfield Group. All are great supporters of youth shooting sports. Saturday, October 26, 2019.