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News Release

4-H Air Rifle Program Kicks Off New Year

University of Illinois Extension and Stephenson County 4-H is proud to announce that the Air Rifle Shooting Sports program will start up again after taking a short hiatus over the summer. The 4-H Shooting Sports Club is an active participation program designed to introduce young people to the sport of target shooting using air rifles. The program goals include experiential learning and positive interaction with other members under the instruction of state certified instructors. The core concepts will stress safety, ethics, personal responsibility, and the development of lifetime recreational skills. The program is led by Sergeant-Major Michael Dechy, NJROTC Naval Science Instructor, and assisted by James and Tracy Clay, certified Shooting Sports instructors.

Lori Tessendorf, 4-H Program Coordinator, stated, “the 4-H staff, in conjunction with the shooting sports instructors, want this to be an exciting, enjoyable and rewarding experience taught within a safe environment. We are excited to be in our second year of offering the air rifle program to area youth at the elementary, middle and high school levels. It’s a wonderful opportunity for youth to gain life skills and discipline through a structured shooting sports program.”

The Air Rifle Shooting Sports program is open to all youth 8 - 18 years of age. Safety is first and foremost - participants are expected to follow the directions of the instructors at all times. All equipment will be supplied by the club from beginners to advanced shooters.

The air rifle club will start on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the shooting Range located in the basement of Fehr-Graham (221 East Main Street, Freeport). The club will then meet 12 consecutive weeks on September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; and November 1, 8, 15, 29. The fee for participating in the air rifle club is $100.00. If interested, please contact Lori Tessendorf at 815-235-4125 or register online by visiting: Registration is currently open until September 1 for all youth interested in the air rifle club.

 About 4-H: Illinois 4-H strives to help youth learn skills for living. 4-H programs are offered in every Illinois county by University of Illinois Extension. Illinois 4-H aims to impact the lives of 250,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programming. 4-H is a community of seven million young people around the world learning leadership, citizenship, & life skills. For more information on any of these events, contact University of Illinois Extension-Stephenson County at 815-235-4125.


Source: Jackie de Batista, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development,

Local Contact: Lori Tessendorf, Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development (Stephenson County),