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NSSF Awards $109,500 in Grants to
Colleges to Promote Recreational Shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- With an increasing number of college students taking up target shooting at competitive and club levels, the National Shooting Sports Foundation is providing $109,500 in support to ensure that even more young men and women have the opportunity to give shooting a try.

NSSF is awarding the grants through its new Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative, which was launched earlier this year to raise awareness about shotgun, rifle and handgun shooting at the college level and to provide assistance for the development of shooting clubs and varsity teams.

"NSSF is making these grants available in response to a growing interest in the shooting sports on campuses across the country," said Zach Snow, NSSF's senior shooting promotions coordinator. "Graduates of scholastic shooting programs like the NSSF-developed Scholastic Clay Target Program want to continue participating in their favorite sport when they go off to college, and once there they're eager to introduce new friends, classmates and faculty to this lifetime activity. At the same time, collegiate shooting programs help create a positive image for the shooting sports and firearms ownership."

Grants were issued to 16 colleges and universities, from prominent Harvard to smaller schools like Fort Hays State University in Kansas, with awards ranging from $4,000 to $7,500 per school. Some colleges will use their grants as seed funding to launch new shooting clubs and teams; other schools will use their funds to expand existing programs and publicize them on campus by developing Web sites and hosting "fun shoots."

Colleges requested grants through an application process with NSSF, which evaluated the proposals and made the awards.

The grant recipients are as follows:

Bethel University, McKenzie, TN -- $7,500
Program: Implement a new shooting team and promote safety and responsibility in the shooting sports (participation requirements include passing the hunter safety course); and promote the sport to the public.

Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. -- $7,500
Program: Expand the university's shotgun club; add a shotgun sports Web page to the school's club sports directory; establish one competitive squad to represent the club at larger competitions; increase club participation to 50 members; and compete at the ACUI Nationals.

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO -- $7,500
Project: Expand the shooting club, hosting trial shooting to introduce students and faculty to shotgun sports; add a competitive team; host a tournament; and develop a Web site to raise awareness about the club.

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO -- $7,500
Project: Have the Shotgun Sports Project educate students and faculty about firearms safety and the shooting sports; promote intercollegiate competitions; and promote Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative to other colleges and assist them with getting a club started.

Fort Hays University, Hays, KS -- $,7,500
Program: Establish an ambassador squad to promote the shooting team and engage other students wanting to try shooting; host an intercollegiate event inviting all college shooting teams from the Midwest region; and provide positive exposure for the shooting sports on campus.

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA -- $7,500
Program: Increase shooting opportunities for the target shooting club, which provides future attorneys, legislators and public servants with an understanding of firearms and the shooting sports; field intercollegiate team; and assist with coordinating the New England Collegiate Shotgun Championships.

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA -- $7,500
Program: Revive the Harvard Shooting Club, founded in 1883, and which has been dormant since 2003; raise awareness of the shooting sports within Harvard community and general public; and host firearms education events on campus.

Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI -- $7,500
Program: Develop a marksmanship club that will endorse shooting as a legitimate sport; introduce college students and area residents to shooting; provide competitive opportunities to stimulate interest and improve skills; and host youth hunter safety courses.

Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL -- $7,500
Program: Develop a new shooting program and participate in intercollegiate competition; promote gun safety on campus; and develop a sporting clays, skeet and trap club Web site.

Northeastern University, Boston, MA -- $7,500
Program: Develop a new shooting program with goal of 25 to 50 active shooters; conduct safety classes for new and current shooters; train shooters in all shotgun sports activities; and compete in the New England Collegiate Shotgun Championships and ACUI Nationals.

Salem State College, Salem, MA -- $7,500
Program: Develop a new shooting program; participate in league shooting with other college teams; and compete in New England Collegiate Shotgun Championships and ACUI Nationals.

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/21/2009 at 14:45
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thats great newsExcellent
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/21/2009 at 15:31
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Great program it sounds like.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/21/2009 at 15:48
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Worthy news!

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...after receiving a solicitation from the American Hunters Association or whatever it is called... that turned out to be a liberal gun control organization..... I am skeptical to say the least.   Sounds like a good thing but I wonder if it is all what it seems.
These gun control advocates are nefarious, subversive, and underhanded you know.....
Can anyone personally vouch for them with firsthand knowledge of their stand?

Edited by Ick - December/22/2009 at 08:33
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