r PROVO – The Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program (UTYESS) ended its season this past weekend with the Utah State Youth Championships. Youth competed in Skeet, Trap and Sporting Clays. Following the Sporting Clays competition on Sunday, June 3rd, the youth and their families gathered for free lunch, and then over 280 year-end awards were handed out totaling more than $8,000. During the 2018 target year, UTYESS saw participation from more than 160 student-athletes from all over the state ranging from fifth grade to college senior. In Utah, there are 7 official UTYESS teams supported by 10 Utah Gun Clubs from Logan to Saint George. UTYESS also invites teams from surrounding states to come and compete with Utah for Out-of-State awards.
26 High School Letters representing 16 Utah High Schools were awarded as part of the USAYESS independent lettering program. To earn a letter, athletes need to maintain a pre-determined GPA in high school, maintain attendance at practices and competitions, achieve the required scores in shooting, and earn the NRA Distinguished Expert award.
139 of the awards were part of the NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program. The courses of fire in the qualification program are designed to take shooters from beginning skill levels (Pro-Marksman and Marksman) through intermediate levels (Marksman 1st Class, Sharpshooter, and Expert) up to the nationally recognized skill level and pinnacle of the program, Distinguished Expert. Jim Reardon, Utah’s Field Representative for the NRA Foundation was on hand to announce the awards and pass out various items donated by Friends of NRA.
“This is why many of us support the Friends of NRA, this the future of shooting sports,” Neldon Groo, Chairman for Utah Valley Friends of NRA speaking about the number of NRA Marksmanship Qualification awards that were awarded on Sunday.
UTYESS is funded in large by fundraising efforts conducted by the teams throughout the year. Perpetual funding is also available through the MidwayUSA Foundation’s Team Endowment Program. The MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Program gives a community the ability to financially support a competitive youth shooting sports program. Teams grow their Team Endowment through fundraisers and donations. Thanks to generous donations from Larry and Brenda Potterfield, 100 percent of each donation goes to team endowment of a donor’s choice. Each team can then request a grant of 5 percent of their endowment balance once each year. Currently, UTYESS teams have $1.1 million in endowment accounts held at MidwayUSA Foundation, providing an annual grant of nearly $54,000.00 for Utah’s youth shooters in the UTYESS program.
Additional support comes from the Friends of NRA and the NRA Foundation. Nearly $13,000 was provided to the state and the Skyline X team in Spanish Fork from the NRA Foundation in 2018. This money was used by Skyline X to purchase shotgun ammunition. Each participant on the team had shotgun shells provided to them in competitions and were awarded shells when meeting fundraising goals. This is a huge cost reducing benefit to the families on the team.
For more information on how you or your student-athlete can get involved in a youth shotgun shooting team in the UTYESS program, visit utsctp.org/teams or call (385) 323-0815.
About the Utah Scholastic Clay Target ProgramrThe Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program (Utah SCTP / 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 scholastic level throughout the State of Utah. Our 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. For more information on Utah SCTP or to find a team near you, visit utsctp.org or call (385) 323-0815.
About USA Youth Education in Shooting SportsrUSAYESS is a non-profit organization and the nation’s only all-inclusive youth program which introduces, grows, supports, and educates youth, and their families to firearm safety, shooting sports and wildlife conservation and habitat. For more information, visit www.usayess.org
About The MidwayUSA FoundationrThe MidwayUSA Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) charity, founded by Larry and Brenda Potterfield, working to sustain the shooting sports industry by providing permanent, long term endowment funding to over 3,000 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 and the Team Endowment Account Program, please visit midwayusafoundation.org or call (877) 375-4570.
About the National Rifle AssociationrEstablished in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit nra.org.
About The NRA FoundationrEstablished 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 NRArFriends 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.