MidwayUSA Foundation Adds Over Half a Million To Youth Shooting Team Endowments

Columbia, MO– The year of 2017 continues to be a very positive one for youth shooting sports, specifically for those teams with a MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment. In September, alone, donations to the MidwayUSA Foundation generated $598,500 in matching dollars. The Matching Program matches contributions to youth shooting team endowments, 2:1, and is possible because of the generosity and passion of Larry and Brenda Potterfield. Their donations fund the program. Nearly 200 youth shooting teams benefited from this September matching contribution.

“There aren’t a lot of organizations that are able to offer a 2:1 match and we are thrilled to see more and more teams are taking advantage of that,” said Randy Moeller, MidwayUSA Foundation Executive Director. “With the giving season right around the corner we are expecting donations to continue to increase in the coming months and we are able to triple those contributions.”

Through the MidwayUSA Foundation website (midwayusafoundation.org/donate) donors can choose the team that will benefit from their contribution. Donations are tax deductible and 100% of the donation, as well as the match, benefits that team. The Foundation keeps zero for operating expenses. The 2:1 match will end in 2017.

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. 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.

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Donates Over $800,000 to Benefit SCTP and SASP Teams

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) recently donated $835,887 to Team Endowment Accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation. Teams earned funds by raising money through Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) or Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) sponsored fundraising activities and by placing in SCTP/SASP national and regional events. SSSF also matched national governing body fees paid by SCTP teams through the SSSF’s SHOT data-system. This donation has benefited 326 teams participating in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across 35 different states.

The donations from SSSF to MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Accounts established to benefit SCTP and SASP member-teams are made possible, in part, by grants to the SSSF from the Tulsa Community Foundation Youth Shooting Fund established and funded by the generosity of Larry and Brenda Potterfield.

Since 2014 the SSSF has donated nearly $6.5 million to benefit 543 SCTP and SASP team endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation.

The SSSF provides SCTP and SASP member-teams the opportunity to earn MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Account funds by participating in SCTP and SASP fundraising activities benefiting local shooting sports communities and through placements in SSSF-sponsored competitions . Please contact the SSSF for more information on how your shooting team can earn team endowment funding for their account at the MidwayUSA Foundation.

The Team Endowment Account Program at the MidwayUSA Foundation gives a community the ability to financially support a competitive youth shooting sports program or financially assist in the start-up of a new youth shooting sports program. The team can then request a grant of up to 5% of their endowment account balance once each year, in either December or June, to pay for team expenses. There are no fees associated with a MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Account.

About 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.

For more information about the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc., please visit www.midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570.

Interested in Coach Training?

Do you have a need for coach certification in your area? If so, please let us know! Several of our SCTP and SASP staff are members of the NRA National Coach Development Staff and can travel to your location to conduct coach certification courses. 

NRA Coach Development Schools are the heart of the NRA Coach Education Program. The instructors use up-to-date materials and multimedia presentations to present discipline-specific coach courses. The registration fee includes a copy of the discipline-specific coach school student study guide and other materials to help you with the details of coaching. Upon successful completion of the coach school you will be a Coach (Level 1) (or Youth Trainer if under 18 years old) in that discipline. Once approved, coaches may print their coach certificate and wallet card for their use.

What Is Taught In The School?

The Level 1 coach school is two days of sports-specific lessons and practical coaching exercises designed to teach the coach candidate the basics of coaching beginning and intermediate shooters. The following general subjects are taught:

  • Introduction to the Coaching Program
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Competition Events
  • Rulebook use and shooting etiquette
  • Equipment and Facilities
  • Fundamentals of Shooting
  • Coaching Ethics
  • Coaching Methodology
  • Mental Training
  • Training Planning
  • Building Quality Programs
  • How To Conduct Tournaments

For more details or to setup a shotgun coach class in your area, please contact Chet Tuinstra (eastern US) or Carlton Nether (western US).

For more details or to setup a pistol/rifle coach class in your area, please contact Rick Leach.

For more information on the NRA Coach Education Program, please visit the NRA website.

Featured All-Scholastic Team Member – Drew Beeler

Name: Drew Beeler
State: Tennessee
Program: SCTP and SASP
Team: McKenzie Shooting Sports

How the SCTP and SASP have helped me as a young person: Both the SCTP and the SASP have helped me learn to focus and have more self discipline to achieve personal goals and accomplishments.

About the NRA/SSSF All Scholastic Team

The All-Scholastic Team recognizes the top student athletes in the SSSF’s Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting Program for their achievements in the classroom, on the range and in their communities. Through an application process, 2017 All-Scholastic Team Members have proven academic excellence by posting 3.0 or better grade point averages, shooting excellent scores in recent competition (95% in trap or skeet, 85% in sporting clays, 88% in international trap/skeet or 75 seconds or less for SASP) and by demonstrating outstanding community involvement.

See profiles for the 2017 SSSF/NRA All Scholastic Team Members

SCTP & SASP News Roundup

A look at the “numbers” for the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) & Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships

The 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships, held at the Cardinal Shooting Center, July 8 thru 15, in Marengo, Ohio  are officially “in the books” and here’s a look at the final numbers.

The 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships brought together competitive shooters, ages 8 to 23, from 32 states to compete for national titles in the shotgun disciplines of American Trap, Handicap Trap, Bunker Trap, Trap Doubles, Skeet, Skeet Doubles and Sporting Clays. Pistol and rifle competitors competed for steel shooting titles in Rimfire Pistol, Centerfire Pistol, Iron Sight Rifle and Optics Rifle divisions.

The Numbers At-a-Glance:

  • 1,043,100 Competitive rounds were fired by 2,687 shooting sports competitors from 32 states during the 8 day event (Approx. 1.4 million including the games and practice)
  • Participation in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) increased 119%, from 2013 to 2017 (from 199 to 436 athletes)
  • Participation in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) increased 19.5%, from 2013 to 2017 (from 1883 to 2251 athletes)
  • Women are the fastest growing segment of the shooting sports, making up 18% of the National Championship competitors (16% of SCTP shooters, 30% of SASP shooters)
  • $425,000.00 (SCTP) and $84,750.00 (SASP) MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Funds earned at the 2017 National Championships
  • SSSF has awarded $100,000 in scholarships to SCTP and SASP participants this season and over $300,000 in total scholarships since 2013
  • SCTP and SASP make up the largest youth shooting program in the country with over 16,211 youth athletes in 45 states (14,854 in SCTP, 1,357 in SASP)
  • 6.3 million clay targets were thrown during the 2016-17 SCTP competition season as recorded by the SSSF’s SHOT 5 team registration and event management system

Awards presented during the 2017 National Championships:

  • Trophies – 186
  • Plaques – 90
  • Medals – 1,290
  • Cups – 10
  • Belt Buckles – 60
  • Leather Bags and shell box holders (HOA Awards) – 20
  • Cases of Shotgun Ammo – 170
  • Firearms – 67

Now for the Important Stuff:

  • Free Pizzas handed out on Thursday evening – 500
  • Free Hamburgers and Hotdogs handed out on Wednesday night – 578
  • FREE Ice Cream (Sponsored by Browning) served – 450 in 25 minutes
  • Rifle & Pistol rounds consumed in SASP demos and side matches >8,000


2017 Nationals Gun Raffle Winners

The 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National championships had many winners, both on and off the range! A total of 67 firearms were awarded during nationals and below are some of the highlights. Congratulations to everyone who participated and supported the SCTP and SASP!

Browning X-Bolt White Gold Winner  – Nichole Baumann, Saukville WI
This raffle supported the Browning scholarship winner, Woodrow Glazer who earned the $6,600 college scholarship.

Blaser F16 Winner at Nationals – Bruce McGaha, Clarksville TN
The Blaser F16 raffle supports SCTP scholarship recipients and the SCTP!

Kolar Gun Winner – Connie Hobbs, Florida
This raffle supported SCTP teams across the country with the opportunity for teams to earn additional funds to their Team Endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation.

Here are the top teams earning MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Funds via the Kolar raffle:

$8,000 – 1st place – BHS Demons, WI (803 tickets sold)

$7,000 – 2nd place – Young Guns @ Quail Creek, FL (632 tickets sold)

$6,000 – 3rd Place – Hillsdale College, MI (600 tickets sold)

$5,000 – 4th Place – Ben Avery Clay Crushers, AZ (440 tickets sold)

$4,000 – 5th Place – Central Falcons, WI (420 tickets sold)

SASP National Raffle Winners

Dan Wesson Pointman Nine –  Martin Lowery, OH
Sig Sauer 1911 –  Jim Koetting, MO
Mossberg MMR Tactical – Barbara Seevers, MO
Browning 1911 – Cathi Selden, TN
Taurus – PT 111 – Ed Gaines, OH

Here are the top teams earning MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Funds via the SASP raffle:

$5000 – Three way tie for 1st Place
Team Loco Motion, VA
Ozaukee Scholastic Shooting Sports, WI
Buckeye Bullet Busters, OH

$2,000 – 4th Place Arnold Junior Shooters, MO

$1000.00 – 5th Place Ross County Steel Ringers, OH

SCTP & SASP News Roundup – July 2017!

Scholarship Fundraising Banquet July 10th at Cardinal Shooting Center

All SCTP/SASP teams and industry partners attending the National Championships in Marengo, Ohio, July 8-15, are invited to attend our youth scholarship fundraising banquet on Monday, July 10, at the Cardinal Center’s “Hitters Building” from 5-10 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and are limited to the first 300 sold! There are two options for ticket purchases:

  1. $70/ticket including dinner, SSSF Supporting Membership, Browning two knife Set and door prize entry
  2. $30/ticket for dinner and door prize entry only

Proceeds from this banquet will be used in part for next year’s graduating seniors’ scholarships.

Enjoy a night out and meet industry partners as well as other parents from around the country! We would like to keep this banquet to adults as much as possible, as there will be adult beverages served at this banquet.

We will have live auction items including trips to Belize, Coast Rica, Africa and St. Thomas. There will be Alaska fishing trips, an elk and mule deer hunt, redfish trip in New Orleans, Argentina dove hunts and much more!

Silent auction items will be provided by many industry vendors and onsite vendors. Twenty five to 30 firearms will be raffled off through various games, including shotguns, rifles and pistols from many industry partners, such as CZ-USA, Browning, Beretta, Blaser, SKB, Mossberg, TriStar, Winchester, Fab Arm / Caesar Guerini, FN America, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, GLOCK and Sig Sauer!

So, bring your lucky rabbit’s foot and enjoy a great night out supporting our youth during the 2017 National Championships.

Onsite tickets will be available if 300 have not been sold prior to the event. Contact Amanda (Awondrash@sssfonline.com) or April (acarr@sssfonline.com) or stop by the Central Entry Building at the Cardinal Center during regular event hours to buy your tickets.

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