COLVILLE, WA – USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports teams have been awarded $228,750 from the ACUI Clay Targets program. This donation will be made to the MidwayUSA Foundation’s Team Endowment program, which provides funding in perpetuity to promote youth shooting sports activities.
These funds were made available from the ACUI Clay Target Team Endowment Match offered alongside the MidwayUSA Foundation’s Online Donation Drive during September. Any collegiate team receiving up to $1,000 donation to their Team Endowment account received a 5:1 match, up to $5,000, from the ACUI Clay Targets program. This match was also made available to any USAYESS team as a way for ACUI Clay Targets to honor the life of Michael Borg, Co-Founder of USAYESS, who unexpectedly passed away in early September. 48 USAYESS teams participated in this ACUI Clay Target Team Endowment Match.
“I’m thrilled that so many teams participated in the match this year and that chose to do so in honor of Mike,” said Alyssa Drew, ACUI Educational Program Manager for Collegiate Recreation. “I’m sure he would be really proud of these students and their commitment to investing in the future of their team.”
USAYESS partners with the ACUI Clay Target program, the largest college clay target program in the nation, to offer college students additional shooting opportunities. All USAYESS state championships include a State Collegiate Championship open to all college students meeting ACUI Clay Target program eligibility criteria.
“We are extremely grateful for the partnership and support that ACUI Clay Targets continues to offer to USAYESS and the college shooting sports community,” said Brian Beard, President, USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports. “Our partnership with ACUI Clay Targets is something that Mike Borg was extremely proud of and we will continue to partner with ACUI Clay Targets well into the future.”
The ACUI Clay Target program is a non-profit, student-centered, campus-based community of student-athletes, volunteer and paid coaches, range facilities, sponsors, friends, families, and ACUI staff. This inclusive community provides a foundation for student development, leadership opportunities, and personal growth. The program invites high school juniors and seniors to compete in our conference championship events, which provides the opportunity to engage in the experience of shooting at the collegiate level. For more information on ACUI Clay Targets, visit www.acui.org/claytargets.
About MidwayUSA Foundation
The MidwayUSA Foundation is a public charity working to sustain the shooting sports industry by providing long-term funding to youth shooting teams. Each year, teams can apply for a grant for 5% of their endowment balance to use for expenses, such as range fees, travel, ammunition, uniforms, and more. Every donation made to the MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment program is 100% tax-deductible and supports the mission to help communities and organizations raise funds to support their youth shooting team. For more information about the MidwayUSA Foundation and the Team Endowment Account Program, please visit midwayusafoundation.org or call (877) 375-4570.
About USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports
USAYESS is a non-profit organization and the nation's only all-inclusive youth program which introduces, grows, supports, and educates youth, and their families to firearm safety, shooting sports and wildlife conservation and habitat. For more information, visit www.usayess.org