PLEASANT GROVE, UT – Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports (UTYESS) has been awarded $40,300 from the Amateur Trapshooting Association’s AIM program. This donation will be sent to five Utah teams’ endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation, as part of the AIM program’s Winter Wonderland Fundraising Challenge. The AIM program matched each team’s minimum donation of $2,000 that was sent to the ATA at a rate of 3:1, up to a max of $6,000 per team. Utah teams donated a combined $10,300.00 to the ATA through the AIM Winter Wonderland Holiday Challenge.
The AIM Winter Wonderland Challenge donation will be made to the following endowment accounts held at the MidwayUSA Foundation:
In addition, the AIM Program donated 100 Browning Knife sets (20 to each of the five teams).
“I have been shooting ATA targets since I was 8 years old and have enjoyed introducing many new youth shooters to the sport that I enjoy,” said Grayson Stuart, Utah State Youth Leader, Age 15. “The continuous support and help that the ATA has provided has been instrumental with helping grow our Utah youth shooting programs. It is with supporters like the ATA that Utah will continue to have great things to shoot towards. “
UTYESS has done a lot of work to promote youth shooting in USAYESS and the ATA’s AIM program throughout the state of Utah. Last year there were 63 shooters in Utah registered in the AIM program. This is a 62% increase over the 39 athletes that were registered the prior year, largely due to UTYESS encouraging their athletes to join the ATA and AIM program. For the 2019-2020 season, UTYESS hopes to have over 300 youth athletes participating in the USAYESS program, many of which may also elect to shoot ATA events.
About The Amateur Trapshooting Association
The Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) is the official governing body of the sport of Trapshooting. Founded in 1889, the ATA is the “faithful protector” of the sport of trapshooting and as such governs the sports’ rules and regulations. The ATA also seeks means to enhance the sport while stimulating growth and participation. The ATA provides trophies, financial assistance and event management to support state and provincial associations. In addition to the many services and perks the ATA offers to its members such as scores published in the Official Magazine of the ATA, Trap & Field, and online tracking of scores via shootata.com; the ATA hosts the largest shooting event of its kind, the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships. The ATA believes that their role as the National Governing Body of American Style Trapshooting instills an obligation to promote a premier program for the development and recognition of young trapshooting athletes everywhere. For more information on the ATA visit www.shootata.com.
AIM is the OFFICIAL youth program of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. Members of AIM will enjoy the thrill of shooting registered competition on a level playing field as an individual and/or as a team. The purpose of AIM is to provide a safe and positive experience with firearms and registered trapshooting for youth, elementary school through college age. AIM encourages good sportsmanship and personal responsibility through competition while establishing the foundation to make trapshooting a lifelong avocation. For more information on the ATA’s AIM program, visit www.aim4ata.com.
About MidwayUSA Foundation
The MidwayUSA Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) charity, founded by Larry and Brenda Potterfield, working to sustain the shooting sports industry by providing permanent, long term endowment funding to over 3,000 youth shooting teams. Every donation made is 100% tax deductible and supports the mission to help communities and organizations raise funds to support their youth shooting team. 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. For more information about the MidwayUSA Foundation and the Team Endowment Account Program, please visit midwayusafoundation.org.
About Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports
Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports (UTYESS) 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 UTYESS program, or to find a team near you, visit www.utyess.org.