By Lars Dalseide | January 15 2013 18:22

Brownells CEO opens Youth Ambassador lunch, Top Shot Franco finishes

Pete Brownell addresses the Brownell/NRA Youth Shooting Sport Ambassadors at SHOT Show

Las Vegas, Nevada - A few perks come along with being CEO of one of America's top firearm accessories and supplies. Sure, there are the long hours, endless board meetings and the constant pressure to hit financial targets and goals. But on the other side, there's the opportunity to make an impression with the future of America's shooting sports.

For Pete Brownell, that's made possible by sponsoring the NRA's Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador's Program.

"The discipline and structure you learn by participating in the shooting sports can take you far," Brownell told the six NRA Ambassadors. "It's not just about being a good shooter, it's about taking those lessons and applying them to everything you do."

Speaking at a luncheon for the Ambassadors and their chaperones, Brownell pointed to the lunch's featured speaker as a prime example. That speaker? Top Shot favorite Gabriela 'Gabby' Franco.

"I was thrilled when asked to speak to these wonderful group of kids," said Franco. "They are so important to the sport we all love."

Recounting training tales from her days back in Venezuela, Franco told the kids to expect more then they expect when training.

Gabby Franco speaks with NRA Youth Ambassadors at SHOT Show "I never thought that training for air pistol would be so demanding. There are some training exercises that I still remember from my first days in the sport. It teaches you a lot."

Put together by NRA's Youth Programs department, the Shooting Sports Ambassadors are picked from eligible candidates from the Boy Scouts of America, the National High School Rodeo Association, USA Shooting, the Royal Rangers, BSA Venturing and the NRA. Every year, they attend the NRA Annual Meetings as well as SHOT Show as special guests of Brownells and the NRA.

"It's only been one day, but it's been very cool," said Boy Scouts of America representative Maxson Boyd. "This is going to be an awesome week."

For more on the Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors, check out their page on the NRA Youth Programs website.


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