1. Attention: We have put together a thread with tips and a tutorial video to help with using the new software. Please take a moment to check out the thread here: Trapshooters.com Tutorial & Help Video.
    Dismiss Notice

NWTF donates $660K to teams......Why only schools?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by roger8918, Aug 21, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. roger8918

    roger8918 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    697
    First let me say congratulations to all of the shooting teams who received these endowments. <br>
    <br>
    However, I have a twist on this that I would like to share with you.... what I don't understand is why organizations like NWTF continue to put their money behind the High School and College shooting programs and not provide this SAME opportunity to the gun club associated teams. Without the help and volunteer support of our local gun clubs these high school and college teams would never survive. Do they really think that we will get to a point in this country where high schools and colleges build and maintain their own practice facilities? These teams will always ride on the back of local gun clubs. <br>
    <br>
    These high schools and colleges do very little for these teams other then providing them a name. It’s the gun clubs and the people associated with them that do the heavy lifting. In my opinion, these local gun clubs deserve to have their name on the shooting team’s shirts, not the schools. What do you think?<br>
    <br><br><br>
    NWTF presents $660,000 in Endowments to 33 School Programs<br>
    EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The NWTF will present $660,000 in endowments to 33 high school and collegiate shooting organizations throughout the nation through the Scholastic Shooting Trust, a foundation created by MidwayUSA owners Brenda and Larry Potterfield.<br>
    <br>
    Each program will receive a $20,000 endowment made possible by NWTF members through funds raised at NWTF events. They are being distributed this summer.<br>
    <br>
    The Oklahoma State University Shotgun Sports Club was among the first recipients of a $20,000 endowment presented by the NWTF.<br>
    The National Wild Turkey Federation fully supports shooting sports, and believes they are a safe and informal gateway to hunting. The NWTF recognizes hunters as the foundation of wildlife conservation.<br>
    <br>
    "The NWTF is proud to play a major role in supporting youth shooting programs," said Tom Hughes, NWTF assistant vice president of education and outreach programs. "These endowments have a tremendous impact in sustaining and growing the programs of the recipients."<br>
    <br>
    The recipients include school organizations from 18 states. The shooting programs can use the interest generated from the endowment each year to pay for shooting program expenses.<br>
    <br>
    Recipients also are encouraged to use the money to hold fundraisers.<br>
    <br>
    "Competitive shooting teams provide wonderful opportunities for students to make friends, to develop confidence and learn discipline and leadership skills," said Larry Potterfield, founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. "However, most schools provide little or no funding for shooting teams, so it's up to us to help."<br>
    <br>
    The Scholastic Shooting Trust accepts requests for endowments each year.<br>
    <br>
    "This money will make a significant difference for our program," said Marie Kibbey, coach of recipient Sheffield (Pa.) High School. "We try to provide kids with a safe place to go out and shoot. It's hard for them to pay all the expenses out of their own pockets."<br>
    <br>
    The NWTF - a national nonprofit organization - is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation and dedicated to the preservation of our hunting heritage in North America.<br>
    <br>
    Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and our members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, investing more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of wildlife habitat.<br>
    <br>
    2012 SST Recipients<br>
    <br>
    Arkansas - Ecclesia College, Springdale;<br>
    California - Granite Bay High School;<br>
    Florida - Jacksonville University;<br>
    Georgia - Augusta State University; Benedictine Military School, Savannah; Monroe Area High School, Monroe;<br>
    Illinois - Chester High School; Sparta High School; Steeleville High School; Trico High School, Campbell Hill;<br>
    Indiana - Purdue University Rifle, Purdue University Shotgun, West Lafayette;<br>
    Iowa - Glidden-Ralston High School, Glidden;<br>
    Kentucky - Murray State University Rifle;<br>
    Michigan - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;<br>
    Mississippi - Mississippi State University, Starkville;<br>
    Missouri - Marshall High School;<br>
    New Mexico - Hot Springs High School, Truth or Consequences;<br>
    Ohio - Ohio University Competitive Pistol, Akron;<br>
    Oklahoma - Oklahoma State University Shotgun Sports Club, Stillwater;<br>
    Oregon - Henley High School, Klamath Falls;<br>
    Pennsylvania - Indiana University; Sheffield High School; Sullivan County High School, Laporte;<br>
    South Carolina - The Citadel Rifle, Charleston; Clemson University; Clemson University Shotgun; South Pointe High School AFJROTC, Rock Hill; Wardlaw Academy, Johnston; Wyman King Academy, Batesburg-Leesville;<br>
    Wisconsin - Jefferson High School, University of Wisconsin-Platteville;
     
  2. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    8,542
    Location:
    HELL, MICHIGAN
    Tax breaks...
     
  3. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    5,484
    You might have a shot at funds indirectly if the ATA asked for money to support it's AIM program.
     
  4. TEXASZEPHYR

    TEXASZEPHYR Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    841
    Location:
    TEXAS
    Down here 4h and ffa are the ones that support school aged shooting. would be good if potterfield went thru that avenue instead of the schools themselves.
     
  5. BigBadBob

    BigBadBob TS Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2011
    Messages:
    861
    Joe P,

    The ATA met with Larry Potterfield from Midway USA and his Midway Scholastic Shooting Trust and turned down an offer of $800,000.00 a year for 10 years just earlier this summer.

    Why do you think the ATA did that?
     
  6. roger8918

    roger8918 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 1998
    Messages:
    697
    Tax breaks... Really? I think it has to be something other then tax breaks. I think someone has been selling the idea that if you get shootings teams into schools like the national archery program it will stick. The difference between a archery program and a firearm program is, one you can do on campus in an open field and one you can not. Shooting programs need ranges so don't exclude range sponsored programs from receiving these types of endowments. I'm trully disappointed in the NWTF. Next time they come to my range and ask to put on one of their youth Jake's Days I think we should tell them to go ask the local high school.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.