Attendance for the 2013 Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot tripled from 2012.  On May 4 in Port Republic, NJ, more than 90 union members, shooting enthusiasts, corporate partners and other guests from across the state gathered in support of their unions and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s conservation efforts. Through the support of Helmets to Hardhats and the Freedom Alliance, 34 shooter spots were donated by our sponsors and filled by veterans and active duty service men and women.

Thanks, in large part, to the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) International and its leadership for hosting the event, the shoot also set a financial record.  This year, participants raised eight times as many dollars as the 2012 event, for a total of $60,905.

“The support SMART General President Joe Nigro, Secretary-Treasurer Joe Sellers and Assistant to the General President Marc Norberg have continued to give is immeasurable.  The obvious success of this event can be can be directly tied to their title sponsorship this year and unwavering dedication to the USA conservation mission,” said USA Executive Director Fred Myers.  Myers displayed his own dedication to the USA cause by driving to the New Jersey shoot from Nashville.

The USA’s robust, 26-city sporting clays and trap shoot tour will travel to 25 cities across 19 states in 2013. Raising imperative funding to support the USA’s conservation mission, the national tour also introduces skilled union volunteers to the impact they can make on conservation projects in the communities where they live work and play. For more information or to find out how you can get involved, visit

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