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By Marvin Penncock, 04/01/20, 9:15AM MDT


PLEASANT GROVE, UT – Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports (UTYESS) has been awarded a cash grant of $6,881 by the MidwayUSA Foundation, from the Agency Endowment Program. This grant will be used to further youth shooting sports in Utah.

Similar to the Team Endowment Program, the Agency Endowment Program is available to non-profit organizations that are strategically important to the future of youth shooting sports within their respective footprint or area of influence. Sustainable funding provided through annual cash grants from an Agency Endowment is intended to benefit the organization’s youth shooting program(s) and activities. The annual grant is 5% of the Agency Endowment’s average monthly balance over the most recent 12 months. Currently, the Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports Agency Endowment contains $220,082.58.

These grants help support the Utah state agency (UTYESS), which oversees the thirteen youth shotgun shooting teams in the state. Much of this grant will be used to support the statewide programs available for athlete's that are a part of UTYESS. The grant also assists with the state trophies and recognition programs, advertising Utah's shotgun shooting teams and programs, and assisting new teams with costs associated with starting a new team in Utah.

"We continue to be grateful for the support MidwayUSA Foundation gives to Utah's youth shotgun athletes," Brian Beard, President of UTYESS. "This year is our largest year ever in terms of registered athletes and participation. Our current success and our future is credited in part to the wonderful support we continue to receive from MidwayUSA Foundation."

Many organizations share the same passion UTYESS and MidwayUSA Foundation have for helping grow the youth shooting sports industry, and we have developed strong relationships with those organizations across the nation. Visit the MidwayUSA Foundation Partner Community Page to see what other organizations share our passion at


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. For more information about how you can help support your local youth shooting sports through The MidwayUSA Foundation, visit or call (877) 375-4570.


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 UTYESS or to find a team near you, visit or call (385) 323-0815.