r In 2018, the Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program (Utah SCTP) raised $318,831.73 for youth shotgun shooting sports throughout the state. The majority of these funds are held in endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation, a public charity working to help communities and organizations fund their youth shooting teams.
Each shooting team has their own earmarked endowment. The current combined endowment account balances for Utah SCTP teams is $1,100,928.80. Those funds originated from team fundraisers, the Matching Program offered by the MidwayUSA Foundation, and quarterly earnings, also contributed through the MidwayUSA Foundation.
A portion of the funds generated in 2018 were from a $15,000 donation from Larry and Brenda Potterfield to Utah SCTP to assist in team fundraising efforts. Utah SCTP matched team fundraising dollars that each team donated to their earmarked MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment. This program encouraged youth shotgun shooting teams to be engaged in fundraising and securing the future of youth shooting sports.
“I think it is amazing that there are people out there that are willing to contribute their time and money into youth shooting sports to help kids like me improve and continue to enjoy the sport,” said Kyle White, UTYESS Youth Leader, Age 16.
Once each year, teams with a MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment are eligible to request a cash grant of 5 percent of their endowment balance to use for expenses like ammunition, travel, targets, uniforms, entry fees, operating expenses and more!
Additionally, MidwayUSA Foundation makes generous non-cash grants available to Utah SCTP and teams each year. In 2019, Utah SCTP and teams were awarded:
15 Firearmsr9 Air Riflesr40 Browning Knife Setsr2 Orca Coolersr4 Bushnell Game CamsrThese items above also assisted in fundraising efforts.
“We are extremely grateful to Larry and Brenda Potterfield, the MidwayUSA Foundation, the NRA Foundation, the Amateur Trapshooting Association, the Justin Corbet Memorial Shooting Sports Foundation, and the countless other donors and volunteers that support youth shooting sports in Utah,” said Brian Beard, President, Utah SCTP. “Without their tremendous support, youth shooting sports would not be growing like it is today.”
About the Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program
The Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program (Utah SCTP) 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. 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. For more information, visit www.utyess.org.
About the 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 percent 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. Each year, teams can apply for a grant for 5% of their endowment balance to use for expenses, such as range fees, travel, ammunition, uniforms and more. 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.