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2018 SSSF/NRA All-Scholastic Team Announced

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation(SSSF) and National Rifle Association (NRA) Competitive Shooting Sports division are proud to announce members of the 2018 All-Scholastic Team!

Over 230 student athletes from 25 states have been named to the team this year and will be recognized at the opening ceremonies of the SSSF/SCTP/SASP Team Championship event on July 18 in Marengo, Ohio.

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, 2018 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 the state-by-state athlete profiles for the 2018 All Scholastic Team members and learn more about how the SCTP and SASP are working to improve the lives of young people across the country.

Congratulations to all qualifying team members!

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.

Featured All-Scholastic Team Member Megan Carty

Name: Megan Carty
State: Iowa
Program: Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP)
Team: Steel Shooters of Traer

How the SASP has helped me as a young person: SASP has taught me the importance of commitment and open-mindedness.  In order to further my shooting skills I have to stay committed to practicing and getting better and I have to stay open-minded about changing how I shoot.

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

SASP Announces Partnership With the Young Marines

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) is excited to announce our partnership with the Young Marines to become the competitive shooting component for the Young Marines organization.

“Our partnership with the SASP provides an opportunity for our Young Marines to receive quality instruction on firearms safety and marksmanship,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “Combined with opportunities for competition within the SASP program and the intramural competition within our program, the partnership opens new doors for our Young Marines.”

SASP offers youth from grade school through college, the opportunity to safely participate in team-based action shooting sports which is a sport like no other in that it offers a level playing field across genders and age.

“We are excited to partner with the Young Marines,” said Rick Leach, interim national director of the SASP. “Both of our programs are targeted toward youth development, so it is a perfect fit. Glock is strong supporter of both our programs and introduced our programs to each other, knowing our programs they also thought us partnering made sense.”

The Young Marines strengthens the lives of America’s youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The SASP is designed to instill in young people a set of personal values and character traits for fair play, compassionate understanding, individual responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline and personal commitment.

It is hoped that these qualities will stay wit
h youth participants in these programs throughout their lifetimes, helping each young athlete reach his or her full potential.
Youth participate in SASP using .22 rifles, .22 handguns or centerfire handguns, and targets are steel circle or rectangular plates.About the Young Marines
The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines’ humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to 275 units with 9,200 youth and 2,760 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.YoungMarines.com.

SASP Athlete Jenna Jones Receives 2A Heritage Scholarship

A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) announces that 14-year-old Jenna Jones, an AG & AG Youth Member from Comfort, TX, is the recipient of scholarship from AG & AG to be a 2A Heritage camper. Jenna earned High Junior at 3-Gun University on March 19, at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park.

The 2017 2A Heritage Junior Camps will take place this summer in Forest Lake, MN, and Topton, PA. Only 25 campers will be accepted into each event. Classes will take place on the first two days, followed by a match-style shοot on the last day. Juniors will receive instruction on pistol, rifle, shotgun (basic), long-range rifle, shotgun on the move/slugs/buckshot, advanced pistol skills, and transitions and stage planning.

“AG & AG has welcomed thousands of women into the shooting community, so we have seen an increase in family participation as well,” says Julianna Crowder, Founder of AG & AG. “Shooting sports have traditionally been a family activity; however, over the past 20 years, participation tapered so that most children only touched on marksmanship with pellet gυns at summer camps. 2A Heritage gives juniors the shοoting skills at the highest level. We are proud to support their programs to educate the next generation of competitive shooters.”

AG & AG sponsors the 2A Heritage website and will host a pizza dinner for the participants and their parents during the events. More information can be found at www.2AHeritage.org and AG & AG Youth Memberships.

*Reprinted by permission from A Girl and A Gun. Learn more at AGirlandAGun.org.

 

NOTE: Jenna is an SASP athlete with the Texas Hill Country Junior Marksmen. This is new SASP team that competed in their first SASP match at the Southwest Winter Regional in February.

Amanda Wondrash And April Carr Assume Scholastic Pistol Program Admin Duties

Amanda Wondrash
Amanda Wondrash

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is pleased to announce, effective immediately, all Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) administrative duties will be assumed by Amanda Wondrash and April Carr.

Wondrash and Carr are familiar faces with the SSSF and have been serving the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) in an administrative role since 2013.

April Carr and family
April Carr and family

“With the changes that have taken place in SPP, we are looking forward to having Amanda and April join the SPP team and assisting us with the administrative duties,” Tammy Mowry, SPP National Program director, said. “With their knowledge of the SCTP and SPP as well as the SHOT system, we know they are a tremendous addition and the coaches are in more than capable and friendly hands.”

Coaches needing assistance with tasks, such as registering their teams, completing paperwork, and navigating the SHOT system may contact Wondrash and Carr for help.  All SPP team, coach and athlete registration paperwork previously sent to the SPP office in Pennsylvania must now be directed to the SCTP/SPP Administrative Office in Burlington, WI.

 

165 Bay Ridge Lane

Burlington, WI  53105

 

Amanda Wondrash, Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 262-206-4634

Email: awondrash@sssfonline.com

 

April Carr, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 262-716-9452

Email: acarr@sssfonline.com

Two Ways to Support the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Pistol Program This Holiday Season

SSSF-Logo-(Revised)If the holiday season is bringing out your generous side, then please consider one of two ways to support the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) this season.

#GivingTuesday
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) has joined many other nonprofit organizations in the fundraising campaign #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is held each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to jump start the holiday season and as a way to encourage people to give back to their communities and to the organizations and causes they believe in.

“This is the first year the SSSF has participated in #GivingTuesday,” Ben Berka, SSSF president and executive director, said. “We encourage those of you who want to show support for our youth shooting sports programs to donate to the SCTP and the SPP on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Your donations help fund our programs, which enhance the growth and personal development of student athletes throughout the nation.”

Those interested in donating to the SSSF may go to https://sssfonline.org/donate/ to view giving options and make a secure, online donation. The SSSF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Contributions are tax-deductible.

AmazonSmile
With the holiday shopping season upon us, many of you will no doubt be shopping on Amazon.com, the website where you can buy everything from books and music, to electronics, to automobile tires. Without spending another cent, you can support the SCTP and SPP with your Amazon purchases. When you log onto Amazon through a special link, smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price to the SSSF — at no extra cost to you.  Use this special link to shop and support the SSSF!

Mowry And Leach Take On New Positions With The Scholastic Pistol Program

Tammy Mowry
Tammy Mowry

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) welcome Tammy Mowry and Rick Leach to their new positions with the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP). Mowry is being promoted to the role of national director for the SPP and Leach is joining the SPP program staff as director of development.

Ben Berka, SSSF president and executive director, said, “The passion and working knowledge Tammy and Rick bring to the Scholastic Pistol Program and our extended family of state advisers, volunteer coaches, athletes and partners will be a tremendous asset.”

Mowry has served as SPP program manager since the program started in 2012 and has been instrumental in the creation and development of the program.  Prior to joining SSSF, Mowry worked as sponsor coordinator with the Steel Challenge Shooting Association and held several leadership positions with the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Mowry said, “Having been with the Scholastic Pistol Program since its inception in 2012, I’m looking forward to the opportunity and challenges that will be presented in continuing to grow the SPP and believe we have a great team in place to do this.”

Rick Leach
Rick Leach

The new SPP director of development, Leach, is no stranger to the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and SPP as he has been involved as a volunteer and coach with the SCTP since 2011 before starting a SPP program in 2012.  Leach has been serving as the SPP volunteer state advisor in Wisconsin and has served a key role in growing Wisconsin into one of the largest SPP member-states in the country.  Professionally, Leach comes from a 29-year law enforcement career, most recently as a sergeant with the Cedarburg Police Department since 2000.

“I am truly honored for this opportunity to help the SSSF continue their great work and help grow their programs,” Leach said.  “Our volunteer coaches and parent volunteers are making positive changes in the lives of the athletes they work with.  I look forward to working with the athletes and coaches in the future.”

 

See, Download & Share Photos from 2015 Nationals

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Our collection of photos from the SCTP-SPP National Team Championships in Sparta and SCTP National Championships for International Disciplines in Colorado Springs have now been assembled on our Flickr page and are available for you to view, download, print, and share.


Click here to see our 2015 Nationals photos on Flickr


Even if you haven’t used Flickr before, you’ll probably find it pretty intuitive once you poke around a bit. However, here are a few notes to speed up the learning curve:

    The album will open to a collection of images on one page. If you want to look at an image in full-frame or to share or download it, just click on the image to open it.

    With any image opened, look for these icons in the lower right corner:

    Flickr icons

    If you wish to download the image, click on the icon on the right, the “down” arrow. What you’re seeing on the page will usually be a much smaller version of the image, with several larger sizes available to be downloaded. You’ll see some options:

    Flickr image sizes

    Just choose what you want. For a social media icon – or postage stamp – you might choose the 150×150 option. For a large print, go with the largest available size. To submit to your newspaper, download the largest available size to allow them to re-size it as needed.

    If you want to share the image in social media, click on the center icon, the “right” arrow, and again you’ll have options and some choices to make:

    Flickr share

    For most purposes, such as sharing on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll need to select “Link” as the Code option. If you want to embed the photo into your blog or website, you can choose “HTML.” When that is the case, you will also have a choice of sizes.

If you choose to share images on social media (yes, do!), please continue to use the event hashtag, #SSSF2015.


Go to our Flickr page.


SSSF Awards 2015 Scholarships to 65 Student Athletes

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 recipients in our SSSF Scholarship Program. Sixty-five SCTP and SPP student athletes will receive scholarships totaling $57,000. SSSF will add another $4,000 to that total in July when it awards scholarships to four additional athletes during Last Competitor Standing events at its 2015 National Championships.

From 2013 through its 2015 distributions, SSSF will have awarded $140,000 in scholarship funds to 148 student athletes in the SCTP and SPP programs.

Athletes who graduated from high school in 2015 and will enroll in college this year were eligible to apply for this year’s scholarships. Awards are based on SCTP/SPP participation, academics, need, and other factors.

The scholarships are being funded by generous sponsors who support our youth shooting programs, as well as supporters who raise funds through national banquets. For the SCTP scholarships, the National Skeet Shooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association (NSSA-NSCA) contributed $10,000 for 10 awards, and an additional $8,500 was provided by the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), GunBroker.com, NRA, Hodgdon Powder, Zanders Sporting Goods, and MEC.

Of the eight $1000 scholarships being awarded to SPP athletes, six are being funded by a donation from Smith & Wesson, while others are being funded by a $1000 donation each from the Joyce Wilson Women in the Shooting Sports Scholarship and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Congratulations to the following 2015 scholarship recipients:

Scholastic Clay Target Program Athletes

Scholarships are funded by the SSSF and NSSA-NSCA unless otherwise indicated.

Jacob BuchanonAlaska
Grace HambuchenArkansas
Marshall AnemaArizona
Danielle ButtermoreConnecticut
Clayton TeallFlorida
Zachary MetzFloridaGunBroker.com
Ciara ErenbergerIowaNRA
Samuel FrederesIowa
Joshua MorrisonIowa
Lake HeatonIowaATA
Lauren HerrIowa
Christopher MartinIowa
Caleb GradelessIowa
Samantha AshlandIowa
Luke BordenIdaho
Sydney CarsonIndiana
Conner HaleyIndianaATA
Emily DuquetteMassachusetts
Alyssa MinderMinnesota
Zachary JungMinnesota
Emily HampsonMissouri
Austin WebbMontanaHodgdon Powder
Courtney JonesNorth Carolina
Hunter ClarkNorth Carolina
Grant LindNorth Dakota
Madison WebsterNebraskaHodgdon Powder
Carl KesslerOhio
Sean CurranOhioGunBroker.com
Tess DeckerOklahoma
Douglas BirchardPennsylvaniaATA
Bryce BuckwalterPennsylvania
Zane McShanePennsylvania
Donovan BarryPennsylvania
William TillSouth Carolina
Braxton RiderTennessee
Harold Doughty IIITennessee
Samantha SmithTennessee
Mathew St.JohnTennesseeNRA Scholarship
Joseph SimmonsTennessee
Travis OldTexasGunBroker.com
Ian StodartUtah
Grayson HelmsWashington
Megan RiceWashington
Abigail DenmarkWashington
Abigail RosenauWisconsinATA
Dalton KarowWisconsin
Emily BradleyWisconsin
Samuel HovdeWisconsin
Zachary HahnWisconsin
Zachary HendersonWisconsin
Emma GehringWisconsin
Atticus ClarkWisconsin
Gunnar KernWisconsin
Molly CocroftWisconsin
Joseph AltwiesWisconsin
Brian MorrisWisconsinZanders Sporting Goods
Pauline SchlaisWisconsinMEC

Scholastic Pistol Program Athletes

Franklin OrdwayOregonSmith & Wesson Scholarship
Eri MartinMaineSmith & Wesson Scholarship
Hunter ReileyTexasSmith & Wesson Scholarship
Ryan HellyerKentuckySmith & Wesson Scholarship
Tyler WrightOhioSmith & Wesson Scholarship
Corey BucholzWisconsinSmith & Wesson Scholarship
Amber RasmussenWisconsinJoyce Wilson Women in the Shooting Sports Scholarship
Jordan CastroWashingtonIDPA Scholarship
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