PLEASANT GROVE, UT -- The NRA Foundation has awarded the Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program (Utah SCTP, also known by UTYESS) a combination of grants totaling $41,846 to help fund youth shooting sports throughout the state of Utah. "We are very excited about the opportunity to expand our programs in Utah" said Brian Beard, President of Utah SCTP, "and are pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community."
The Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating youth in Utah about wildlife conservation and firearm safety and promoting youth shotgun shooting sports on a competitive and scholastic level throughout the State of Utah. Their 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. Currently there are eight teams in the state of Utah totaling approximately 200 youth participants ranging from third grade through collegiate.
Approximately $7,000 of the grant will be used by state overseeing program, Utah SCTP. The funds will be used to fully fund the state’s high school lettering program in shotgun shooting sports, including the awards for the NRA’s Marksman Qualification Programs. Students are required to earn the Distinguished Expert award before becoming eligible for a high school varsity letter in shotgun sports. Funding will also be used for target fees.
Remaining funds are distributed by the NRA Foundation to five Utah SCTP teams. Teams will use the funds for shotgun shells and equipment.
$9,800 – Skyline X, which serves Southern Utah County
$7,400 – Wasatch Wing & Clay Youth Shooting Team, which serves Northern Utah County County
$7,500 – Milford Young Guns, which serves Milford and Beaver County.
$6,200 – Riverton Shooting Club, which serves Salt Lake County
$3,800 – Cache Valley Crushers, which serves Cache County Utah
“Shooting is one of the most expensive sports today's youth can participate in. The generosity of the NRA Foundation is crucial in allowing us to strengthen our fundraising efforts and to enable more of Utah's youth to participate in this program and achieve their goals,” said Brian. For more information on the Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program, or to inquire about a youth shotgun shooting team in your area, visit www.utyess.org.
About the National Rifle Association
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About The NRA Foundation
Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearm and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shootings sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context. More information about The NRA Foundation can be found online at www.nrafoundation.org.
About Friends of NRA
Friends of NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement to organize and, with help from NRA field staff, plan community events for firearms enthusiasts. All net proceeds from Friends of NRA events are allocated to The NRA Foundation, the leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. Through NRA Foundation grants for equipment, training materials, range improvements, and more, qualified local, state, and national programs receive aid to involve and inspire a new generation of competitive shooters. Learn more about Friends of NRA at www.friendsofnra.org.
Members of the Skyline X youth shotgun shooting team hold up their high school letters in the UTYESS State Shoot, June 2018.