NRA's Disabled Shooting ServicesManager Vanessa Warner recaps her weekend at the North Texas Disabled Indoor Air Rifle Sectional match for NRAblog.
March 12 & 13 were the North Texas Disabled Indoor Air Rifle Sectional Championships and new shooter clinic. Friday, March 12 was a practice/new shooter clinic from 1-5pm and had 14 people participate. The following morning competitors arrived at 8:30 am to check in for the first of three relays. Competition began right on schedule at 9am and continued non-stop until 3pm.
The event that hosted more than 20 competitors was sponsored by Turning Point and the Lone Star Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. The matches were held at the Bachman Recreation Center in Dallas, TX and lunch was provided by the sponsoring organizations that also provided volunteers for the day.
“We are very proud to partner with Turning Point on this venture,” stated Lone Star PVA Executive Director Glen Bentley. “We work very hard to bring a variety of adaptive sports to our members and were thrilled when Turning Points Sports Director, Jason Swanson contacted us about partnering for this event.”
Competitors ranged in age from 14 to 80+ and traveled from as far away as California. Volunteers were there to lend a hand in anyway possible from serving lunch to loading guns when needed and there were no less than 8 volunteers on hand at any given time.
“This was one of the smoothest running matches I have ever had the privilege to participate in,” Vanessa Ross, NRA’s Manager of Disabled Shooting Services stated. “Congratulations to both Turning Point and the Lone State PVA for an incredibly successful event.”
Turning Point is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization designed to teach people with mobility impairments the skills necessary to fully enjoy the outdoors, and to provide free or low cost activities. Turning Point provides the encouragement and support needed for people who have major physical challenges in life to fully participate in the adventure of living.
The Lone Star Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization established on 19th of August 1989, is locally involved in the support of its members or veterans who served in the armed forces that have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction, in the North Texas area.