Shelby Township, Mich. – It has been a year of successes for many of the thousands of youth participants in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) since the nine-year-old nonprofit organization was taken over by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF). The program, created to introduce youth to the fun and excitement of shooting, was originally administered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The NSSF handed the reins over to the SSSF last year in a move that would allow the new foundation to better focus on the needs of SCTP’s youth participants and coaches and further grow the program.
Notable successes and individual achievements under the SSSF’s guidance over the past year include:
The pride, determination and competitive fire demonstrated by all of these young competitors and many others like them, as well as the urgent need for funding to support their efforts as exhibited by the Massachusetts’ shooters, underscores the vital need for continued donor support.
To date, more than 30,000 middle and high school students have participated in the program, which includes trap, skeet, sporting clays, Olympic trap and international skeet competitions. Without continued corporate and individual contributions to the SSSF, which is responsible for all aspects of the SCTP, including participant registration, coaches, state coordinators, state and national championships, promotion, communications, websites, public relations and growth strategies, many of these young shooters stand to miss out on the great opportunities the program affords.
“We are asking NSSF members in particular to stand up and directly support this wonderful program, which will ultimately benefit their business and industry as well,” says Dr. Bill Christy, Executive Director of the SSSF. “A lot of members think because they support the NSSF, that their money also goes to support the SSSF and SCTP. That’s not necessarily the case. While the NSSF remains one of our biggest supporters, they have a number of other important programs to fund. A contribution directly to the SSSF is the only sure way to support this program. It is a contribution in our industry’s future and the futures of these deserving, young competitors.”
To learn more about how your company can become an SSSF donor and to learn more about the SCTP, visit their website at www.sssfonline.org.