By Kerrin Brinkman | March 19 2012 14:43

Thanks to Refuse To Be A Victim® Program Coordinator Ruthann Sprague for sharing the story of Sarah Cox. Through her participation in the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S), Sarah became passionate about the Refuse To Be A Victim® Program. With the help of one of NRA's top Certified Refuse To Be A Victim® Executive Counselors, Sarah is bringing the nationally-recognized crime prevention program to her hometown.

Y.E.S. Scholarship winner Sarah Cox is bringing the Refuse To Be A Victim program to her hometown. Southern Pines, North Carolina – Sarah Cox, a high school senior from Southern Pines, North Carolina, became familiar with NRA programs when she attended the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) in the summer of 2011. She was so impressed by the Refuse To Be A Victim® program she decided to become an instructor herself. She contacted Refuse To Be A Victim® Executive Counselor, Capt. Edward O’Carroll, of the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia, and asked him if he would come down to Southern Pines to present a seminar for her community and conduct an Instructor Development Workshop.

"My Youth Education Summit experiences as well as my attendance at the annual NRA meeting in Charlotte in 2010 where I met NRA notables such as Chuck Norris, Oliver North, and Wayne La Pierre, have really opened my eyes to the importance of the NRA and its many programs. It was at the National Youth Education Summit that I was first introduced to the Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar. When I understood the objectives of this program, I immediately knew that I wanted to bring this award-winning personal safety course to my community," says Sarah.

The Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar will be conducted on Saturday, April 21st at Moore County Wildlife and Conservation Club, 1820 Camp Easter Road, Southern Pines, North Carolina from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The seminar is open to the public and costs $5.00 to attend. The Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor Development Workshop will begin immediately following the conclusion of the seminar at noon. The instructor training costs $200, which includes the instructor kit. Pre-registration for both events is required. Contact certified Refuse To Be A Victim® Executive Counselor, Capt. Edward O’Carroll at 703-475-4598 or rtbav911@yahoo.com.

Sarah has been shooting on the Moore County Wildlife Club Youth Air Rifle Team since the age of 8. Under the expert coaching of David Prest, her team has won various state and national awards including the 2008 National Club Champion Air Rifle Team at Camp Perry, Ohio. Sarah attended the North Carolina Youth Education Summit in 2010 and the National Youth Education Summit in Washington D.C. last year, where she was a scholarship winner. She also chaperoned the North Carolina Youth Education Summit this past fall.

Sarah will be attending East Carolina University in the fall and has been accepted into the Honors College. As an accomplished classical violinist and pianist, Sarah plans to major in violin performance with an emphasis in pre-law in her academic studies. With her Refuse To Be A Victim® instructor certification she hopes to present this seminar to students of East Carolina University.

To find an a Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar in your area, search the listing of seminars at www.nrainstructors.org. To learn more about the Refuse To Be A Victim® program, check out the program website or send an email to refuse@nrahq.org. And don't forget that you can attend a seminar and Instructor Development workshop at the 2012 Annual Meetings in St. Louis!

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