By Lars Dalseide | February 27 2012 11:24


NRA Collegiate Shooting Manager Tori Croft reviews catalogs for swag.
There are hundreds of things to consider when planning a championship. When looking at locations, for example, you have to think about the size of potential facilities, parking, hotels, distance from the airport, number of restaurants in the area, distance from major cities, public transportation, volunteers, etc ... and that's just the beginning of the location list. While there are dozen of other issues that must be addressed, one thing you definitely can't forget is the swag.

Swag is the souvenirs patrons and participants bring home from major events. At SHOT Show, for example, many walked away with Walther playing cards, Sig Sauer pens, Trijicon spudz (Don't know about spuds? Check out Alpine Innovations) and dozens of other goodies. While prepping for the 2012 Intercollegiate Rifle & Pistol Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia, NRA's National Collegiate Shooting Manager Victori Croft was looking at all sorts of options.

"We're not ready to announce the swag for this year," said Croft. "We've been looking at shirts, mugs, backpacks, pens, timers and about a hundred other things. Don't worry, the swag will be good."

The Intercollegiate Rifle & Pistol Championships (two separate events) start on March 13 and wrap up on March 17. Open only to schools and individuals who finished the season ranked at the top of their categories, there will be approximately 200 students descending upon the famed Army base. And this year, they'll be seeing even more.

"The U.S. Army has graciously hosted the championships for years," said Croft. "This year, they are including the Army Strong Experience along with the championships so our kids can enjoy the adventure."

Intercollegiate Championships, free swag and the Army Strong Experience — Ahh to be at Fort Benning come March.

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