More than 600 collegiate shotgun shooters descend on Texas for shooting sports title chase
San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio's population of college students increased by a few hundred this week, and it isn't because of spring break. No, they're here for the 46th Annual Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Clay Target Championships.
Representing 75 colleges and universities from around the United States, these 600 shooters will be breaking - or at least taking shots at - more than 280,000 clay pigeons as they compete in the International and American varieties of skeet and trap, along with Five Stand and Sporting Clays.
"It is so exciting to see the popularity of our program, and consequently the shooting sports, grow from year to year," said Michelle Smith, ACUI's Director of Meetings. "And with this being ACUI's 100th Anniversary, the success of year's championships are an extra special occasion."
And what is the NRA doing here? We've been a sponsor of the championships for more than 15 years. Beginning as the sponsor of International Skeet and International Trap, the disciplines shot at the Olympics, and naming the Shotgun All American teams, we've expanded this year to offering $500 scholarships every day to both the boy and girl winners of a special daily competition.
"The NRA has been a proud partner of ACUI's Clay Target Championships for a number of years," said Tori Croft, NRA's Manager of Collegiate and Schools Program. "It's great to see so many young adults interested in the shooting sports and taking pride in our American heritage."
This year sees perennial winner Lindenwood University, hailing from Saint Charles, Missouri, make a run at their eleventh overall title in a row. The Lions locked up yesterday's International Skeet Championship and now have their eyes on today's International Trap Championship. Stay tuned to see if Lindenwood takes their second of the six championships later today - as long as the predicted thunderstorms play nice.
Good luck to all shooters and enjoy the warm weather.