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MidwayUSA Foundation Awards Over $60,000 to Youth Shotgun Shooting Teams in Utah

By Marvin Penncock, 03/04/21, 11:15AM MST

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PLEASANT GROVE, UT – Nine Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports (UTYESS) teams have been awarded a combined $60,229 in cash grants by the MidwayUSA Foundation, from the Team Endowment Program. These grants will provide funding to promote Utah’s youth shooting sports activities. Much of the grant is used for expenses, such as range fees, travel, ammunition, uniforms, trophies, awards, and more.

Teams receiving these grants are:

  • Cache Valley Clay Crushers, Logan UT - $24,284.00
  • Cedar Clay Breakers, Cedar City UT - $1,823.00
  • Ogden Clay Dusters, Ogden UT - $1,797.00
  • Phoenix Clay Target Team, Farmington UT - $544.00
  • Riverton Shooting Team, Riverton UT - $12,787.00
  • Skyline X, Spanish Fork UT - $12,107.00
  • Trigger Therapy, Ephraim UT - $573.00
  • Wasatch Wing & Clay Youth Shooting Team, Cedar Fort UT - $6,168.00
  • Wild Goose Clays, Richfield UT - $146.00

“The MidwayUSA Foundation, has made all the difference! The Potterfields have been a true advocate for the shooting sports” explains JR Nostrom, Head Coach, Cache Valley Clay Crushers. “Their vision and contribution to the endowment accounts will help youth groups for generations to come. The Cache Valley Crushers have participated in this program for over 10 years and realize the value of the Potterfields vision. Each year we are able to provide more benefits to our shooters because of the endowment. As with all ventures in life, you get out of it what you put into it.”

Anyone can donate to a youth shooting team near them by visiting www.midwayusafoundation.org and clicking on the Donate button in the upper-right hand corner. 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. The MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowments provide financial support to high school and college-level youth shooting sports teams across America. As 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations made to the MidwayUSA Foundation are tax-deductible and thanks to the generosity of Larry and Brenda Potterfield, all donations in 2021 are matched.


Some members of Cache Valley Crushers stand with their Head Coach, JR Nostrom, to claim a team trophy at USAYESS Western Regionals. Sunday, March 15, 2020. Tucson, AZ.

“Our teams have undertaken tremendous fundraising efforts for their MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Accounts over the past several years, with the idea of maximizing these cash grants,” said Brian Beard, President of UTYESS. “Teams that have an account balance in their MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment account are eligible to request a grant of 5% of their balance once per year. The more fundraising the team does for their team endowment, the higher their grant amounts become. Donations made to the endowment accounts remain there in perpetuity and are eligible for quarterly earnings. Fundraising today means funding every year for as long as the team exists.”

Other Utah youth shooting sports organizations not part of the UTYESS program to receive grants are:

  • University of Utah (Air Rifle, Pistol, Smallbore Rifle) - $4,298
  • Utah Military Academy Thunderbirds (Air Rifle) - $5,092

About MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Program

The 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-aged and college-level youth shooting sports teams across America.

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 academic 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 UTYESS or to find a team near you, visit www.utyess.org.

About the MidwayUSA Foundation

The MidwayUSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity working to sustain the shooting sports industry by providing long-term funding to 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. The Foundation supports all shooting disciplines. 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 how the MidwayUSA Foundation is changing the future of youth shooting sports, please visit midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570.