Thanks to Refuse To Be A Victim® Program Coordinator Ruthann Sprague for sharing the story of Sarah Cox. Through her participation in the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S), Sarah became passionate about the Refuse To Be A Victim® Program. With the help of one of NRA's top Certified Refuse To Be A Victim® Executive Counselors, Sarah is bringing the nationally-recognized crime prevention program to her hometown.

Y.E.S. Scholarship winner Sarah Cox is bringing the Refuse To Be A Victim program to her hometown. Southern Pines, North Carolina – Sarah Cox, a high school senior from Southern Pines, North Carolina, became familiar with NRA programs when she attended the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) in the summer of 2011. She was so impressed by the Refuse To Be A Victim® program she decided to become an instructor herself. She contacted Refuse To Be A Victim® Executive Counselor, Capt. Edward O’Carroll, of the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia, and asked him if he would come down to Southern Pines to present a seminar for her community and conduct an Instructor Development Workshop.

"My Youth Education Summit experiences as well as my attendance at the annual NRA meeting in Charlotte in 2010 where I met NRA notables such as Chuck Norris, Oliver North, and Wayne La Pierre, have really opened my eyes to the importance of the NRA and its many programs. It was at the National Youth Education Summit that I was first introduced to the Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar. When I understood the objectives of this program, I immediately knew that I wanted to bring this award-winning personal safety course to my community," says Sarah.


Nicole McMahon wrote this great follow-up to our announcement last year about the Western North Carolina Friends of NRA committee taking part in the 2012 African Sporting Expo. 

Charlotte, North Carolina - “The Essence of Africa Awaits You!” and so does the Western North Carolina Friends of NRA in Charlotte for the 2nd Annual African Sporting Exposition (ASE). ASE is an immersion into the wonders of Africa featuring a "who's-who" collection of the finest photo, hunting and fishing safari outfitters direct from the African continent as well as purveyors of exclusive sporting equipment, optics, African wildlife art, clothing and everything for the African aficionado.

“We are happy to see an international hunting show coming back to Charlotte,” said Doug Merrill, NRA Field Rep for Western North Carolina. “Gray Thornton, Vice President of Inyathi Productions, graciously provided ... more on the Western North Carolina Friends of NRA at African Expo ...

North Carolina Y.E.S. participants at the state capitol office

The Quarter 4 issue of Traditions Magazine, hitting households in January, contains a great article by Nicole McMahon on the North Carolina Youth Education Summit, which took place this past September and sees the top finishers go on to the National Youth Education Summit held in Washington D.C. each summer.

North Carolina’s Masterpiece Youth Summit

When it comes to piecing together Friends of NRA events, North Carolina’s field reps and volunteers are the puzzle masters. North Carolina consistently ranks as one of the top fundraising states in the nation, which allows its State Fund Committee to support a large number of grant requests year after year. It comes as no surprise that North Carolina’s field reps and a select number of volunteers can just as easily piece together a successful state Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.).


Richard Childress with grandsons Ty and Austin Dillon King, North Carolina - Summer brings about certain excursions for certain families. A visit to Grandma's house, a trip to the beach, or sending the kids to camp. There's one camp, YMCA's Camp Hanes in King, North Carolina, that added a particularly interesting course to their regular program ... shooting. Luckily, they were able to tap in to some local talent by way of NRA Board Member Richard Childress' grandson's Austin and Ty Dillon.

Taking a break from their busy racing careers (Austin sits in second place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series while Ty is in first in the ARCA Racing Series,) the two stopped by ProShots Indoor Range to share their knowledge with the youths in that Camp.


North Carolina Youth Education Summit

From Senior Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon:

Do you live in North Carolina? Are you a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school and want to learn more about becoming an active citizen and the National Rifle Association? Do you have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale? Then apply to the 2010 North Carolina Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.)! The deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 25.


Opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame during the 2010 NRA Convention

Charlotte, North Carolina - The third weekend in May was a busy one for the people of Charlotte. First and foremost, the Queen City played host the National Rifle Association's 139th Annual Meeting. Next, those looking to quench their Olympic fever could find Michael Phelps and other internationally ranked swimmers competing in the Charlotte UltraSwim. And finally, this week marked the opening of NASCAR’s Hall of Fame.

First NASCAR Champ Red Byron's car at the NASCAR Hall of Fame during the 2010 NRA Convention

This was just too good of an opportunity to pass up, so we made some calls. As a special for those attending the convention, the NRA arrange for an after hours opening weekend tour.

Here's a peek at the artifacts, keepsakes, demos, trophies, and cars to be found inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

From left to right: Corey Gabbert, Justin Bohn, Derek Schaff, Nick Klusack, Tammy BohnMembers of North Dakota's Fun Mart Cycle Center are looking to start an indoor range.

Tammy and Justin Bohn and three of their employees are attending this weekend’s NRA Range Development and Operations Conference in Charlotte, NC. The North Dakota-based couple were eager to tell NRAblog they have been blessed. “We have a very successful motorcycle dealership with 16 full-time employees,” Tammy said. (Check out their website: The couple are proud to have a close-knit staff at the dealership, including several nephews and other family members. “We even moved Aunt Linda up from Georgia to help with the store,” Tammy said.

Through casual conversation, the Bohns noticed their employees were interested in handgun shooting. “Almost all the guys own handguns,” Tammy said of her employees. Through a written survey of the store's customers, the Bohns learned something even more interesting: 70% of people who own motorcycles and dirt bikes shoot handguns.

The Bohns own property in Sturgis, South Dakota, and say the area lacks shooting ranges. “The Black Hills need an indoor shooting facility,” Tammy said, noting that “South Dakota is very pro business and pro gun.” (Read NRAblog’s coverage of South Dakota at this year's SHOT Show.)

In addition to serving the area’s residents, the range will be able to accommodate those who attend the Sturgis Rally. Tammy said. “Sturgis is heavy on visitors, seeing some 8,000 people in one six-week period.”

“We want to build a facility that is impressive,” Tammy continued, mentioning their ideal range would have an attached retail area with guns for sale and rent. “If we can get people to the range who are new to guns, we can educate them (on firearms).” More

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