To kick off the new year, NRA invites the Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors to Las Vegas, Nevada for the SHOT Show. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to peak behind the curtains of the shooting, hunting, and outdoor communities as they prepare for the coming season.
"The education that they'll receive here at SHOT is like nothing they've seen before," said NRA Youth Programs Coordinator Claudia Olsen. "No where else in the United States can you run into the CEO of Colt, Winchester, and Norma in an afternoon. So far they've really been enjoying themselves."
They're exposure was almost instantaneous as they were hustled up stairs for an interview on NRANews. And just as soon as their segment concluded, they were greeted in the hallway by NRA President Ron Schmeits.
"I couldn't believe the President of the NRA just walked right up to us and shook our hands," said 17-year old Bailey Kate Conner from Malta Bend, Missouri. "That was so great."
While the Youth Ambassadors were allowed a few hours of free time during the show, their schedule required a stop at both a welcome luncheon and a meeting with Brownell's CEO & President Frank & Pete Brownell.
"They were very gracious," said Thomas Cunningham of Canyon, Texas. "It must be nice working with your dad."
Unfortunately, as time draws to a close here on day three, so does their time here at SHOT. With multiple commitments and plans on their respective schedules, most if not all will be departing tomorrow morning. But what an experience they'll be able to share.