The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation recently reported that it had record-breaking attendance at its National Team Championships.
More than 2,000 shooter athletes - an increase of more than 30 percent from last year's event - descended on the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill., the week of July 15-20 for the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Pistol Program's National Team Championships.
Shotgun shooters competed in either skeet (600 participants), sporting clays (500 participants) or trap (1,600 participants) over the course of six days.
More than 160 teams from 26 states were represented.
, setting a new attendance record for the Scholastic Clay Target Program.
The Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) conducted its first ever National Action Shooting Event in both Centerfire and Rimfire at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex at the same time. 200 pistol shooters, representing 25 Teams and 47 Squads total, competed in the four stage match, making it one of the largest Youth Action Pistol events ever held in the U.S.
"This was clearly our best Nationals ever," said SSSF President & Executive Director, Dan Hathaway. "Both our Clay Target and Pistol Programs are growing at a significant rate and our National Program Directors, Tom Wondrash from SCTP and Scott Moore from SPP along with our entire Staff have done an excellent job." Dan went on to say, "We are also deeply grateful for the support we receive from of all of our wonderful Industry Sponsors and we'd like to give a special thanks to our main benefactors, Larry and Brenda Potterfield of Midway USA who honored us again this year by attending our event and Opening Ceremonies."
All of the Team and Individual scores from the Clay Target (Skeet, Sporting Clays & Trap) National Team Championships can be viewed on the new SSSF website www.sssfonline.com.
All of the Individual and Team scores from the Pistol Program National Team Championships can be viewed at www.matchreg.com/SPP/spp.htm.
Plans are already well underway for the 2014 SCTP/SPP National Team Championships which will be held again at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL July 14-19, 2014.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) across the United States, including participant registration, coaches, state coordinators, state and national championships, promotion, communications, websites, public relations and growth strategies The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation exists to raise funding and other resources for Youth Development Programs in the shooting sports industry.
SCTP and SPP are youth development programs, originally developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), where adult coaches and volunteers model sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, and teamwork while using shooting sports programs to teach these and other positive life skills to the athletes.
To learn more about SCTP or SPP call (419) 794-9924 or visit their website at www.sssfonline.com.