r Five of the Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program (UTYESS) teams have been awarded a combined $47,292 in cash grants by the MidwayUSA Foundation, from the Team Endowment Program. These grants will provide funding to promote Utah’s youth shooting sports activities. Much of the grant is used for expenses, such as range fees, travel, ammunition, uniforms, trophies, awards, and more.
Teams receiving these grants are:rCache Valley Clay Crushers, Logan UT – $19,632.00rRiverton Shooting Team, Riverton UT – $11,371.00rWasatch Wing & Clay Youth Shooting Team, Cedar Fort UT – $5,470.00rSkyline X, Spanish Fork UT – $10,000.00rOgden Clay Dusters, Ogden UT – $819.00
“The Cache Valley Crushers, a youth shooting team from Logan, Utah received a generous endowment check from the MidwayUSA Foundation,” said Jeff Nostrom, Head Coach of the Cache Valley Crushers. “The Crushers have been a member of the MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment organization for many years. The MidwayUSA Foundation helps to fund youth shooting clubs all across the US. The basic philosophy is that they help clubs who help themselves. The Crushers have been contributing to their account from various fundraisers for years.”
The Crushers currently have 35 members. They use their endowment money for shooters to compete in competitions paying for both entry fees and shells. “Each year with the help of the endowment,” Nostrom continues, “the coaches plan the years activities based on those existing funds. Without the help from MidwayUSA, the competitions would be much more limited or more expensive for the families. Thanks to the Potterfield’s for creating the MidwayUSA Foundation.”
Anyone can donate to a youth shooting team near them by visiting www.midwayusafoundation.org and clicking on the Donate button in the upper-right hand corner. The MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Program gives a community the ability to financially support a competitive youth shooting sports program. Like other sports, shooting teams provide wonderful opportunities for students to make friends, develop confidence, and learn discipline and leadership skills. The MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowments provide financial support to high school and college level youth shooting sports teams across America. As 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations made to the MidwayUSA Foundation are tax-deductible and thanks to the generosity of Larry and Brenda Potterfield, all donations in 2019 are matched.
“Our teams have undertaken tremendous fundraising efforts for their MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Accounts over the past several years,” said Brian Beard, President of UTYESS. “Teams that have an account balance in their MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment account are eligible to request a grant of 5% of their balance once per year. The more fundraising the team does for their team endowment, the higher their grant amounts become. Donations made to the endowment accounts remain there in perpetuity, and are eligible for quarterly earnings. Fundraising today means funding every year for as long as the team exists.”
“We are thankful to the MidwayUSA Foundation for their support of youth shooters in Utah,” Tanner Voorhees, Utah Youth Leader, Age 16.
Other Utah youth shooting sports organizations not part of the UTYESS program to receive grants are:rUniversity of Utah (Air Rifle, Pistol, Smallbore Rifle) – $4,487rUtah Military Academy Thunderbirds (Air Rifle) – $4,484rAbout MidwayUSA Foundation
The 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 Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program
The 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 utyess.org or call (385) 323-0815.