NRA’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.