The Utah Scholas­tic Clay Tar­get Pro­gram wraps up the sea­son with shot­guns and awards

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The Utah Scholas­tic Clay Tar­get Pro­gram (UTYESS) ended its sea­son this past week­end with the Utah State Youth Cham­pi­onships. Youth com­peted in Skeet, Trap and Sport­ing Clays. Fol­low­ing the Sport­ing Clays com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day, June 3rd, the youth and their fam­i­lies gath­ered for free lunch, and then over 280 year-end awards were handed out to­tal­ing more than $8,000. Dur­ing the 2018 tar­get year, UTYESS saw par­tic­i­pa­tion from more than 160 stu­dent-ath­letes from all over the state rang­ing from fifth grade to col­lege se­nior. In Utah, there are 7 of­fi­cial UTYESS teams sup­ported by 10 Utah Gun Clubs from Lo­gan to Saint Ge­orge. UTYESS also in­vites teams from sur­round­ing states to come and com­pete with Utah for Out-of- State awards.

Twenty-six High School Let­ters rep­re­sent­ing 16 Utah High Schools were awarded as part of the USAYESS in­de­pen­dent let­ter­ing pro­gram. To earn a let­ter, ath­letes need to main­tain a pre-de­ter­mined GPA in high school, main­tain at­ten­dance at prac­tices and com­pe­ti­tions, achieve the re­quired scores in shoot­ing, and earn the NRA Dis­tin­guished Ex­pert award. One-hun­dred-thirty-nine of the awards were part of the NRA Marks­man­ship Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram. The cour­ses of fire in the qual­i­fi­ca­tion pro­gram are de­signed to take shoot­ers from be­gin­ning skill lev­els (Pro-Marks­man and Marks­man) through in­ter­me­di­ate lev­els (Marks­man 1st Class, Sharp­shooter, and Ex­pert) up to the na­tion­ally rec­og­nized skill level and pin­na­cle of the pro­gram, Dis­tin­guished Ex­pert. Jim Rear­don, Utah’s Field Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the NRA Foun­da­tion was on hand to an­nounce the awards and pass out var­i­ous items do­nated by Friends of NRA. “This is why many of us sup­port the Friends of NRA, this the fu­ture of shoot­ing sports,” Nel­don Groo, Chair­man for Utah Val­ley Friends of NRA speak­ing about the num­ber of NRA Marks­man­ship Qual­i­fi­ca­tion awards that were awarded on Sun­day.

UTYESS is funded in large by fundrais­ing ef­forts con­ducted by the teams through­out the year. Per­pet­ual fund­ing is also avail­able through the Mid­wayUSA Foun­da­tion’s Team En­dow­ment Pro­gram. The Mid­wayUSA Foun­da­tion Team En­dow­ment Pro­gram gives a com­mu­nity the abil­ity to fi­nan­cially sup­port a com­pet­i­tive youth shoot­ing sports pro­gram. Teams grow their Team En­dow­ment through fundrais­ers and do­na­tions. Thanks to gen­er­ous do­na­tions from Larry and Brenda Pot­ter­field, 100 per­cent of each do­na­tion goes to team en­dow­ment of a donor’s choice. Each team can then re­quest a grant of 5 per­cent of their en­dow­ment bal­ance once each year. Cur­rently, UTYESS teams have $1.1 mil­lion in en­dow­ment ac­counts held at Mid­wayUSA Foun­da­tion, pro­vid­ing an an­nual grant of nearly $54,000.00 for Utah’s youth shoot­ers in the UTYESS pro­gram.

Ad­di­tional sup­port comes from the Friends of NRA and the NRA Foun­da­tion. Nearly $13,000 was pro­vided to the state and the Sky­line X team in Span­ish Fork from the NRA Foun­da­tion in 2018. This money was used by Sky­line X to pur­chase shot­gun am­mu­ni­tion. Each par­tic­i­pant on the team had shot­gun shells pro­vided to them in com­pe­ti­tions and were awarded shells when meet­ing fundrais­ing goals. This is a huge cost re­duc­ing ben­e­fit to the fam­i­lies on the team.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how you or your stu­dent-ath­lete can get in­volved in a youth shot­gun shoot­ing team in the UTYESS pro­gram, visit or call (385) 323-0815.

NRA_Awards: Cache Val­ley Crush­ers team re­cip­i­ents of NRA Marks­man­ship Qual­i­fi­ca­tion awards stand for pho­tos by an NRA banner with their cer­tifi­cates dur­ing the awards cer­e­mony on June 3, 2018.

Heads or Tails: Wasatch Wing & Clay coach Kirk Horinek lead the ath­letes in a game to de­ter­mine who wins a shot­gun dur­ing an awards cer­e­mony on June 3, 2018.

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