The New England International Junior Shooting Sports (NEIJSS) and The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) are proud to announce that the 3rd Annual “New England Clay Cup” Collegiate Shotgun Championship will be held at Minute Man Sportsman’s Club in Burlington, MA on April 14th.

Currently, 12 colleges, universities, or institutions are registered for the 2012 event which will be held at the largest shotgun shooting complex in New England. There are 100 plus individual athletes registered to compete in Trap and Skeet. Participation at this event has increased 100% in just two years’ time. Teams shooting this year include: Harvard, Yale, MIT, WestPoint, U Vermont, Northeastern, Harvard Law, Brown, RISD, Suffolk, Tufts, Trinity and others.

“We are thrilled to host a growing event like the NE Clay Cup at Minute Man Sportsman’s Club in Massachusetts,” said Hank Garvey from New England International Junior Shooting Sports, “and we’ve experienced a tremendous amount of growth over the past two years. This year, a large percentage of the athletes competing are “new” shooters, which means the shotgun shooting sports are becoming more and more popular at these colleges and universities.”

The New England Clay Cup is a perpetual cup that is awarded to the Top 5 person trap squad at their school. This is serious bragging rights for that school for the next year. Yale has won the last two years but Harvard, WestPoint, MIT and others are training hard this year to bring the NE Clay Cup home with them instead.

New England International Junior Shooting Sports and Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation will be giving endowment money to the teams which has helped with the increase in participation at the event.

Awards will be presented to the top three teams, HOA in skeet and trap for both ladies and men’s along with endowment money given to the winning teams.

“We are looking forward to a long standing tradition here in NE similar to the famed Bean Pot competition,” said Garvey. “As all the college teams grow, so do the skills at each one, making this a highly competitive shotgun competition.”

New England International Junior Shooting Sports has organized the New England Clay Cup in coordination with SCTP and Midway USA Foundation.

To learn more about NEIJSS, call 978.270.8300 or visit their website at http://www.neijss.org or email info@neijss.org.

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