Three major shooting sports organizations plus St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital received grants totaling $10,000.00 from the recent Jack Robertson Invitational Sporting Clays Shoot sponsored by the Hunting Heritage Trust.
The USA Shooting Team Foundation, the featured shooting sports organization at this year’s shoot, was awarded $5,000 by the sponsoring Hunting Heritage Trust.
In addition, the “JR Club Challenge”, a new feature of this year’s shoot allowed the first, second and third place teams to name organizations to receive grants from the Hunting Heritage Trust.
The “Advertising Sportsman of New York” team finished in first place and named the Pistol Team of the United States Military Academy at West Point to receive the first place grant award of $2,500. The second place team representing the “Campfire Club of America” named St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to receive the second place grant of $1,500 and the third place team sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation named the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance as the winner of a $1,000 grant.
“The USA Shooting Team Foundation was proud to be the primary beneficiary of this year’s JR Shoot,” commented Buddy DuVall, Executive Director of the USA Shooting Team Foundation. “This was an extraordinary event. It’s not often that you get to have such a good time, meet so many great folks and also receive a significant donation. These funds are particularly important at this time as they will help our team compete in International competitions and earn quota slots for competing in the 2012 Olympics in London. Our sincere thanks to the Hunting Heritage Trust and its supporters.”
Duvall and Olympic Skeet shooter Sean McLelland participated in the shoot. McLelland posted the high overall score.
“Our Jack Robertson Invitational has always benefited local and national organizations working in support of the hunting and shooting sports but this was the first year we included a JR Club Challenge whereby our top teams got to designate recipients of grants. We believe this new component helped increase participation in the shoot while also furthering the objectives of the Hunting Heritage Trust. We plan to continue it in 2012,” commented Bob Delfay, President of the Hunting Heritage Trust.
The Jack Robertson Invitational was begun in 2000 as a special salute to retiring NSSF shooting sports development specialist Jack Robertson. The event was intended as a one-time event but proved so popular that it has been repeated every year since, raising more than $200,000 in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage.
Bob Delfay, 803-641-1030