PLEASANT GROVE, UT – USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports (USAYESS) teams raised $110,364.72 on Giving Tuesday for their Team Endowment Accounts held at MidwayUSA Foundation. Giving Tuesday, which fell on November 30th this year, is the official kickoff to the giving season and the perfect time for donors to make a tax-deductible contribution to youth shooting sports. Donations were made to 31 USAYESS team endowment accounts. This year USAYESS teams raised 38% more than what was raised last year. The MidwayUSA Foundation's Team Endowment program provides funding in perpetuity to promote youth shooting sports activities.
Of the amount raised, $47,560.38 came from donors through online donations made to various team endowment accounts on MidwayUSA Foundation's website. Each contribution was matched by MidwayUSA Foundation from funds personally donated by Larry and Brenda Potterfield, adding $42,804.34. Further, USAYESS offered a match, again made possible from funds personally donated by Larry and Brenda Potterfield, adding $15,000. Another $5,000 was donated to USAYESS teams via GivingTuesday incentives offered by MidwayUSA Foundation.
“We would like to thank the Potterfields, the MidwayUSA Foundation, and our many generous donors for their unwavering support in the USAYESS youth shooting program,” said Katrina Pearce, Assistant Coach of Ogden Clay Dusters. “Over the past 3 years, our community has truly embraced the Ogden Clay Dusters and shown unbelievable support to our team. The Giving Tuesday through USAYESS has afforded us the opportunity to grow our MidwayUSA Foundation endowment account so we may extend the opportunity of shooting sports to all athletes wishing to participate. It has turned dreams into goals and goals into realities for many of our shooters. Being the fastest-growing team in the state last year, we would not have been able to maneuver the growth challenges without the financial support offered. It is terrific to see the love and support given to our Ogden Clay Dusters from family and friends, but even more amazingly, from strangers who believe in what we are doing for the youth. Our goal is to assist these youth in growing, learning, being part of something enriching, and helping them to be the best they can be at their sport. USAYESS has proven to be our avenue to success.“
USAYESS Endowment Accounts at MidwayUSA Foundation currently hold over $10 million for youth shooting sports.
"We are extremely grateful for the donations made to the team endowment at MidwayUSA Foundation," said Brian Beard, President, USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports. "Our partnership with MidwayUSA Foundation is a critical component in ensuring the future of youth shooting sports. The donations made to the endowment accounts and the added support from Larry and Brenda Potterfield, not only help the student-athletes today but ensure that youth shooting sports continues to have sustainable funding far into the future."
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 on firearm safety, shooting sports, and wildlife conservation and habitat. For more information, visit www.usayess.org.
The chart below shows the total growth of the endowment account as a result of GivngTuesday after donations and matching funds were added.
|AK||Rabbit Creek Youth Shotgun League||$2,251.88|
|AK||Sitka Shore Shots||$102.36|
|AZ||Phantom Sure Shots||$2,047.18|
|FL||FishHawk Talon Shooting Team||$514.51|
|FL||Clay Busters of Amelia||$34.30|
|ID||Mountain Home Straight Shooters||$343.01|
|NC||Gaston Young Guns High School Shooting Team||$66,415.44|
|NC||Triangle Target Sports Foundation||$4,716.34|
|NC||Polk County Gun Club Junior Clay Busters||$85.75|
|NE||Cedar River Str8 Shooters||$204.72|
|OR||Rogue Valley Young Guns||$3,398.32|
|OR||Lincoln County 4-H Marksmanship Club||$962.18|
|TN||Tanasi Sports Association||$204.72|
|TX||Aledo Clay Busters||$2,572.55|
|TX||Marcus Clay Target Team||$1,023.59|
|TX||Flower Mound High School Clay Target Team||$511.80|
|TX||Cow Creek Clay Target Club||$409.44|
|TX||Southlake Carroll Target Team||$102.36|
|UT||Ogden Clay Dusters||$8,746.67|
|UT||Golden Spike Youth Shooting Program||$1,372.03|
|UT||Wild Goose Clays||$686.01|
|UT||Wasatch Wing & Clays Youth Program||$204.72|
|UT||USCTP Cache Valley Scholatic Trap Club||$102.36|
|WA||RF & GC Crushers||$8,188.73|
|WA||Colville Shooting Stars||$1,943.55|
|WA||Ephrata Sportsman's Association Youth Program||$771.77|
|WA||Walla Walla Gun Club Youth Trap & Skeet Team||$307.08|
|WA||Seattle Trap & Skeet Youth / Seattle Trap & Skeet Collegiate||$51.18|
|WA||Woodland High School Claycrushers||$42.99|