Chris Cheng during Top Shot - Photo courtesy of History
Proving to be a man of his word (like we had a doubt), reigning Top Shot champ Chris Cheng
sent us an update earlier this week via twitter.
Turns out his History Channel prize money finally arrived. In a letter to Wayne LaPierre, Cheng confirms earlier intentions for his first investment:
Dear Mr. LaPierre,
On May 1, 2012, the History Channel aired Top Shot Season 4’s finale, and it became known that I beat out 17 other competitors for the title of Top Shot. I am a self-taught shooter who had a day job at Google for the past 5 years. Along with a $100,000 cash prize (that came in the mail about a week ago), I won a professional shooting contract with the show’s sponsor, Bass Pro Shops. I’m very excited to pursue this contract and live the American dream of prospering through hard work and my determination to succeed.
I am writing to let you know that my first investment of my prize money is an upgrade to NRA Life Membership. Please find the enclosed payment for the balance on my Easy Pay Life account.
As I noted in a May 2012 NRA Blog interview: “I want my first investment to symbolize how important it is for all of us who love the shooting sports to support the National Rifle Association in whatever capacity we can, whether it’s with money, with our time, or by simply sharing our love for shooting with friends, family and colleagues. In the end, it is my hope that winning Top Shot will provide a different and unique face of the entire shooting community. One that shows marksmen and women who have day jobs like mine in an office, and shoot for the sake of pure fun.”
I hope to meet you and other NRA officers at a future event. I plan on attending the 2013 NRA Convention, as well as other industry events throughout the next year. Thank you for your time, and for continuing the good fight for our Second Amendment rights.
Top Shot Season 4 Champion
Thanks for upgrading Chris! Here's to your success on the circuit as you embark upon the Bass Pro Shops professional shooting contract.
Read our interviews with Chris after his Top Shot win: