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The NRA Foundation Awards $3,700 to the Macoupin County 4-H Top Shots
May 5, 2016
The NRA Foundation has awarded the Macoupin County Top Shots a grant totaling $3,700 to fund equipment and supplies for their 4-H Shooting Sports program. 4-H Program Coordinator, Kate Harding shared, "We are very excited that our 4-H Shooting Sports program continues to grow and are very pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community." “The NRA Foundation has helped us get our program started and been a great support since 2011.”
The Macoupin County Top Shots started in 2011 and continues to be a viable program teaching youth firearm safety, enhancing marksmanship skills, and educating youth on conservation ethics. The program offers the shooting disciplines of shotgun, air rifle, and archery. We have six certified instructors who work with youth during this program: Mark Koskie of Worden, Tony Wagner of Virden, Amy Heyen of Plainview, Jennifer and Jason Brown of Gillespie, and John Dugan of Shipman. Shotgun and air rifle members meet at Brittany Shooting Park in Bunker Hill. Archery takes place in Carlinville at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds.
About the National Rifle Association
Established 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 Foundation
Established 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 NRA
Friends 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.
For more information on Macoupin County 4-H Shooting Sports, please contact the Extension office at 217-854-9604.
Local Contact: Kate Harding, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development, firstname.lastname@example.org