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Clay Target

Dec 06, 2019 02:17PM

Brian Beard, the president for Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program, announced the organization officially be changed its name to Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports (UTYESS) as of Nov. 19.

Beard explained that the name change was being driven both internally and externally by potential sponsors, and that the new name would more accurately reflect the evolving focus and standards of the organization.

"It has been several years now since we migrated away from the national Scholastic Clay Target Program and joined USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports. It is important for the name of our organization to reflect who we truly are," Beard said.

The Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program was founded in 2002 by Leon Robinson as a scholastic shotgun sports program for high school students. In 2012, the Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program merged away from the national SCTP program and joined USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports. In the past few years, the program has seen tremendous growth in youth participation and the number of sponsors.

In 2016 the program had just 62 participating members. Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports is expected to see 300 participating members in the 2019-2020 shooting season, ranging from elementary school through college.

The Utah Scholastic Clay Target Program had been branded as and was unofficially marketing itself as Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports before the official name change was announced. While there is no indication yet of whether this will be the only change to the UTYESS image or just the first of many, representatives are firm in stating that all team aspects and the program's core purpose and mission will stay the same. Athletes, coaches and volunteers alike are optimistic about the alterations.

Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports 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. Its stated 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 the Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports program or to find a team near you, visit www.utyess.org. (Serve Daily submission by Brian Beard.)