By Kyle Jillson | February 23 2013 10:42

MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup to offer even more cash prizes this year

2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup champion Doug Koenig

Fairfax, Virginia - The MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup has seen tremendous growth the past few years and is one of the most exciting competitions in the shooting sports today. A great part of the championship's ability to draw the world's best shooters and put on such a great competition is from its sponsors' support.

For this year's Bianchi Cup, MidwayUSA has given $115,000 to help the championship continue being the richest and most prestigious shooting tournament in the world. This is MidwayUSA's fifth year as the title sponsor, a role it sees as important for helping both the shooting sports and its hometown of Columbia, Missouri where the championship is held.

“We’re fortunate to have a World Championship like the Bianchi Cup right here in our backyard,” says MidwayUSA CEO & Founder Larry Potterfield. “It’s something we look forward to every year.”

From that donation, $50,000 has gone to create the MidwayUSA Bianchi Cup Scholarship Program. Introduced this year, the program pays for twenty college-aged pistol shooters to come compete in the Bianchi Cup and help infuse the sport with youth interest.

“Our new Scholarship Program is essential for introducing more youth to the shooting sports,” Potterfield says. “Our partnership with the NRA is vital to preserving our Second Amendment rights.

MidwayUSA is also continuing its contribution of $15,000 for the First-Time Shooter Awards. Each year, the top Men, Women and Juniors competing for the first time in the production firearm category will receive $2,500 for 1st Place, $1,500 for 2nd Place, and $750 for 3rd place.

“Working together with our industry partners insures the continued growth and advancement of NRA’s competitive shooting programs,” said Dennis Willing, Director of NRA's Competitive Shooting Division. “MidwayUSA is an industry leader that continues to be a major benefactor to our sports. We are excited to continue the partnership.”

There are so many great prizes in the Bianchi Cup this year you could probably buy a new pistol for it and walk away in the black. Visit the championship's website to sign up and make sure you're a part of the action this May 22-25.

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