Five of the seven 2010 Brownells Youth Ambassadors are here on the scene at the NRA’s 139th Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Charlotte. Thanks to the generosity of Frank and Pete Brownell, the Ambassadors are attending the entire convention.

The Brownells are pictured at left with the Ambassadors and Bill Poole, NRA’s Director of Education and Training.

“Keep up the good work,” Frank Brownell told the youth. The group enjoyed a quiet moment at the Brownells booth on Friday, sharing brown and yellow cupcakes with their sponsors. The Ambassadors presented the Brownells a plaque with a picture of the group at the 2010 SHOT Show, which symbolized the beginning of the Brownells' affiliation with the program.

"These kids are just so appreciative of the chance to be here, among all these NRA members, and all this excitement," Claudia Olsen, who manages the Ambassador Program, told NRAblog. "We've been together today, bouncing around the Exhibit Hall and meeting with industry folk, and tomorrow we'll do a Refuse To Be A Victim seminar and more." 

Jessy HageyBrownells/NRA Youth Ambassador Jessy Hagey caught up with NRAblog:

"Being Youth Ambassador has brought many things to my life. It's brought me travel opportunities, the chance to meet famous people, friendships with the other Ambassadors, and better knowledge of the shooting and hunting industry.

I think the NRA Annual Meetings is a going to be a very big deal. It will be a great way for people who support the Second Amendment to come and listen to famous speakers, NRA officers, and see new products. I've never been to the Annual meetings so I am looking forward to it!

I've been in touch with some of the other Ambassadors, mostly through Facebook. I am excited to see them!"

Stay tuned as we once again meet up with Hagey and four of her peer Ambassadors in Charlotte!

Above, check out some of the shots snapped by Brownells/NRA Youth Ambassadors Ben Hayes and Jessy Hagy during their time in Vegas for the 2010 Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show.

"The best part about the SHOT Show?" NRA Youth Ambassador Ben Hayes repeats the question. "Having the chance to see the most up to date and new products in the firearm, ammunition, and outdoor gear industry along with opportunity to test a few at Media Day on the range."

"Plus, what 20 year old male would not want to spend a week in Las Vegas having fun with guns?" the Ohio State University student adds.

And stick around -- Claudia Olsen tells us all 7 youth ambassadors will make an appearance at the NRA's Annual Meetings in Charlotte!

More than seventy years ago, Bob Brownell founded a firearms accessories company dedicated to Selection, Service, and Satisfaction. Not long after, his operation also became dedicated to supporting the NRA. Three generations later, the tradition continues as Brownells have generously given to NRA programs such as The NRA Foundation's Law Enforcement Endowment, The Brownell Family Endowment, and the creation of the The Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest at the Whittington Center. One program particularly close to their heart is Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador project.

Designed to expand young people's knowledge of the shooting world, the Ambassador program has cash awards, provides travel opportunities, and gives them the chance to meet industry celebrities. And, of course, a meeting with the Brownells.

Situated in their 2010 SHOT Show booth, Frank and Pete Brownell gathered the troops for a talk and some pictures.

"They are future of the outdoor and shooting experience as we know it," said CEO Frank Brownell. "They also happen to be a great bunch of kids. I'd be proud if any one one of them were my own."

"The man behind the name," smiled Ambassador Kyle Loyd when asked about the encounter. "You don't get to run into people like the Brownells every day. A family that works together at a big company like that. . . Very cool."

After the photo op, Frank and Pete talked with the group about their organizations, shooting experience, and plans for the future.

"You should do what you can to keep in contact with each other," said Pete. "This is a unique experience that can grow into a lifelong friendship. Don't let it slip away."

The seven talented Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sport Ambassadors are on their way to their respective homes. "SHOT Show was awesome," Ambassador Michael Carter wrote in his e-mail asking NRAblog where to send the photos he snapped throughout the week. 
 
Which reminded us -- NRAblog promised a prize to the Youth Ambassador who submitted the best SHOT Show photograph, as judged by Lars and Danielle. We'll post the results on the blog for your feedback, too!
 
If you want to share a photo you snapped at this year's Show, send it to NRAblog at GOblog@nrahq.org.

Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors come from a variety of groups across the United States. Each Ambassador receives training and guidance for their programs.

Amy and Ben from the Boy Scouts of America's Venturing program presented Education and Training Director Bill Poole with plaque recognizing NRA's continued support of their program. Always gracious, Bill gathered his troops and asked that a second picture memorializing the event be added to the collection.

The 2010 Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors were introduced to SHOT Show attendees and vendors yesterday at a special welcome luncheon. Brownells President Frank Brownell had a few words to share with the kids:

Brownell said it just made sense for his family’s company to sponsor the NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador Program: "For us to get involved was so natural because its where our heart is… Where my kids and my grandkids are,” he told the crowd assembled for Tuesday’s Youth Ambassador luncheon. Brownell, an NRA Board Member, serves on the Youth Activities Committee, and has assisted in a variety of ways over the years.

"Whatever it is you're passionate about, you're going to carry with you that basic love of guns."

"We want you all to be able to grow up and share with your kids and grandkids the same love of shooting," he said, touching on the importance of maintaining the 2nd Amendment and the right of all Americans to keep and bear arms,

"This whole business of helping you out is about making sure what's in our heart is also in your heart," he concluded. We want to share that, so you'll never lose your sight, and your connection, to this shooting sport community."

Brownell joined the NRA's first Youth Ambassador, Samantha Olsen, in congratulating the seven 2010 Ambassadors on their accomplishments and encouraging them to keep up the good work. Brownell's son Pete also attended the luncheon but said his dad could do the talking. 

Last year, NRAblog introduced the 2009 Youth Ambassadors to our readers. We had the chance to catch up with them in the exhibit hall of the 2009 SHOT Show in Florida. Above, two Ambassadors model some of their favorite firearms at  the Smith & Wesson booth.

This year, NRAblog will join forces with coordinator Claudia Olsen at SHOT Show to meet each of the 7 Ambassadors:

  • Boy Scouts of America: 19 year-old Ben Hayes, from Delaware, Ohio. Ben is currently attending Ohio State University.
  • National High School Rodeo: 16 year-old Jessy Hagey, from Tremont, Illinois. Jessy is a junior in high school.
  • Royal Rangers: 18 year-old Michael Carter, from Nampa, Idaho.  Michael is currently attending Idaho State University.
  • Venturing: 19 year-old Amy Carter, from Annapolis, Maryland. She attends Anne Arundel Community College.
  • National Scholastic Sportsman Program: 16 year-old Kyle Loyd, from Vienna, Illinois. He is a sophomore in high school.
  • USA Shooting: 18 year-old Rachael Heiden, resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • NRA: 18 year-old Collin Wietfeldt, resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Don't go away! SHOT Show is the perfect venue for these talented youth to make their debut, and we'll be there every step of the way. More

2010 Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports AmbassadorsNRA’s Youth Programs Department is pleased to announce the selection of seven young people to serve as the 2010 Brownell’s/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors. During their term, these Ambassadors will provide a young person’s perspective on the shooting sports and serve as youth advisers on shooting sports topics involving young people. 

NRA’s Youth Cooperative Organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, National High School Rodeo Association, Royal Rangers, BSA Venturing, National Scholastic Sportsman Program, and USA Shooting nominated outstanding young people to represent their organization, Brownell’s, and the NRA at national-level events. Not only does the Youth Ambassador program encourage growth of the shooting sports, but it also encourages increased industry support of youth shooting.

“These young people are part of an exciting program that encourages not only the growth of the shooting sports, but increased industry support of young people involved in shooting,” said Larry Quandahl, Manager of NRA’s Youth Programs Department.

Sponsored by Brownell’s, the program offers participants a wide array of benefits, ranging from cash awards and travel opportunities to meeting national shooting celebrities. The 2010 term promises to be a very exciting year for the new Ambassadors, who will attend the 2010 SHOT Show in Las Vegas to represent their organizations and the NRA.

The seven young men and women chosen to serve as Ambassadors in 2010 are:

  • Boy Scouts of America: 19 year-old Ben Hayes, from Delaware, Ohio. Ben is currently attending Ohio State University.
  • National High School Rodeo: 16 year-old Jessy Hagey, from Tremont, Illinois. Jessy is a junior in high school.
  • Royal Rangers: 18 year-old Michael Carter, from Nampa, Idaho.  Michael is currently attending Idaho State University.
  • Venturing: 19 year-old Amy Clark, from Annapolis, Maryland. She attends Anne Arundel Community College.
  • National Scholastic Sportsman Program: 16 year-old Kyle Loyd, from Vienna, Illinois. He is a sophomore in high school.
  • USA Shooting: 18 year-old Rachael Heiden, resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • NRA: 18 year-old Collin Wietfeldt, resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Congratulations to our new Ambassadors, and stay tuned for more information on these young people, including profiles of each Ambassador, and their trip to SHOT Show.

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