By Kyle Jillson | January 18 2013 12:41

Recognized for exemplary work with NRA to introducing youth to the shooting sports

NRA's Claudia Olsen, 2013 Crosman Champions of Youth Marksmanship Award winner

Las Vegas, Nevada - Yesterday during the 2013 SHOT Show our very own National Youth Programs Coordinator, Claudia Olsen, received the prestigious Crosman Champions of Youth Marksmanship Award for her nationwide work of fostering the shooting sports lifestyle in our next generation.

"It's a big honor to even be considered for the award, let alone receive it." Olsen said. "It feels great to know that my work makes the shooting sports exciting to our next generation and encourages youngsters them to get out and try it."

Officially, the Crosman Champions of Youth Marksmanship Award recognizes:

“An individual or individuals whose commitment to excellence in youth shooter education and dedication to a lifetime of safe shooting has enhanced the future of the sport.”

Olsen was first introduced to the world of shooting in when her father was stationed in Germany. Her mother, a Bavarian airgun champion, taught Claudia the ins and outs of airgunning. After having children of her own, the family became involved in the Virginia 4H shooting program as she became an instructor in rifle, shotgun and muzzle loader. After joining the NRA's Youth Programs Department in 2008, Olsen creates teaching materials and organizes countless shooting events that reach upwards of 750,000 youngsters annually.

Through her work, Olsen has formed close relationships with the National High School Rodeo Association, the 4H Clubs of America, the Home School Association, the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of America, Safari Club International, FFA and American Heritage Girls from coast-to-coast and more.

A program Olsen is particularly proud of is the Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador Program. The program accepts young people from participating youth organization partners and provides prospective on the shooting world by taking them to major industry events like SHOT Show and the NRA’s Annual Meeting. The Ambassador Program has been highly successful as a recruiting tool and is being used as a template by other groups working to grow the shooting sports. Claudia's dedication to the program is so strong that own daughter, Samantha, was the very first Ambassador.

Phil Dolci, Crosman president and CEO, Claudia Olsen typifies the lifetime commitment to shooting celebrated by the Award. “At a time when shooting’s popularity is growing, we need the support of people like Claudia Olsen to chart a smart course for young people as they enter the sport for life,” he said. “Though there are countless contributors to the growth of shooting, Claudia manages the many initiatives that make shooting available and appealing to hundreds of thousands of young people from coast-to-coast."

Congratulations, Claudia! We're proud of all you do.

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