By Kyle Jillson | October 12 2012 13:32

Generous NRA donation will help Michigan youth keep breaking clays

Upper Peninsula Youth Shotgun Sports Organization receives Friends of NRA grant in Michigan

Two weeks ago Friends of NRA made a very generous donation to the Upper Peninsula Youth Shotgun Sports Organization (UPYSSO) to promote and further the clay target shooting sports in Delta County.

The check, totaling almost $4,400, was presented by NRA Field Rep Al Herman during the Eastern Upper Peninsula Friends of NRA's annual banquet in Brimly, Michigan. This money will go a long way to helping the Delta County Crushers, a Scholastic Clay Target Progam (SCTP) shooting team, and is a great example of funds raised at Friends of NRA events going back into the local community.

UPYSSO is a fairly new non-profit whose sole mission is to develop and establish new SCTP teams for the National Shooting Sports Foundation in the Upper Peninsula region. Their director and assistant coach, Cheryl Gay, accepted the check on behalf of the organization. With this money, she hopes to continue bringing an Olympic sport to youth of the area who may not have the opportunity to experience it.

"We at UPYSSO would like to thank the Friends of the NRA for this generous donation," Gay said. "This program takes things to the competitive level and offers these youth the opportunity to compete in many venues around the country. The funds will help supply essential equipment and ammunition for the upcoming 2013 season."

Shotgun sports are actually recognized as a Varsity sport by many school districts around the country, including ones in Michigan. Hopefully donations like these will help boost interest in the sport and allow student athletes to earn a Varsity letters while breaking a few clays.

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