By Lars Dalseide | June 3 2014 15:35

Funds to pay for rifles, arrows, targets and more for Texas youth group

Baylor County 4-H coach holds a check from the NRA Foundation Fairfax, Virginia - You hardly ever hear about positive stories and the NRA. The ones where the National Rifle Association awards scholarships, recognizes a deserving individual or assists a local youth group. Which is exactly why we're tell you the story of Baylor County's 4-H program.

A hardworking local outfit that runs summer camps, teaches leadership, brings their brightest to events like the Star of Texas and Rodeo Houston Stock Shows. Last year they applied for a number of NRA Foundation Grants ... they received two.

Thanks to the work of the West Texas Friends of NRA, Baylor County received $11,494.75 in grants. Funds earmarked for a plethora of shooting sports goodies.

"75 percent of all our grants to go youth cooperative programs," said NRA Grant Administration & Analysis Manager Ruthann Sprague. "Out of that, 4-H comprises the highest overall percentage.

"This is seed money for a program that serves more than 100 kids who are about to learn the joys of shooting sports."

With the grant, Baylor Co. 4-H purchased rifles, ammo, bows, safety equipment, and more.

According to the local newspaper, the Baylor County Banner, the program is run by five volunteer coaches ready to teach the safe and efficient use of firearms in any setting.

But it's an excerpt from their application that says it all:

This equipment is not just a one time donation to our organization and our youth but an investment in the quality of kids that we can help produce in the future."
The NRA Foundation hands out millions of dollars in grants every year. To apply, or to donate, go to the NRA Foundation website at


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