PLEASANT GROVE, UT – Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports (UTYESS) has been awarded a $20,000 donation from the ACUI Clay Targets program. This donation will be made to the MidwayUSA Foundation’s Agency and Team endowment programs, which provide funding in perpetuity to promote Utah’s youth shooting sports activities. This donation specifically helps grow the sport for Utah’s college clay target athletes. Since December 2018, the ACUI Clay Targets program has donated $40,000 to UTYESS teams.
These funds were made available from the ACUI Clay Target Team Endowment Match offered alongside the MidwayUSA Foundation’s Online Donation Drive during April. Any collegiate team receiving at least one $1,000 donation to their Team Endowment account received a $5,000 match from the ACUI Clay Targets program. This match was only made available to teams with college athletes, or that participate in ACUI Clay Target events.
The donation will be made to the following endowment accounts held at the MidwayUSA Foundation:
“ACUI is a strong supporter of the UTYESS organization,” said JR Nostrom. Head Coach for Cache Valley Crushers in Logan, Utah. “Their matching donations have contributed greatly to the continuing growth of the youth shooting program. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in their clay target challenges. These events are always fun and encourage athletes to do their best with the chance to win scholarships.”
Through their affiliation with USAYESS, UTYESS partners with the ACUI Clay Target program, the largest college clay target program in the nation. All USAYESS state championships, including the UTYESS Youth State Championships scheduled for May 27-31, include a State Collegiate Championship open to all college students meeting ACUI Clay Target program eligibility criteria.
The ACUI Clay Target program is a non-profit, student-centered, campus-based community of student-athletes, volunteer and paid coaches, range facilities, sponsors, friends, families, and ACUI staff. This inclusive community provides a foundation for student development, leadership opportunities, and personal growth. The program invites high school juniors and seniors to compete in our conference championship events, which provides the opportunity to engage in the experience of shooting at the collegiate level. For more information on ACUI Clay Targets, visit www.acui.org/claytargets.
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 midwayusafoundation.org or call (877) 375-4570.
About Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports
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, to develop 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 Youth Education in Shooting Sports program or to find a team near you, visit www.utyess.org.