The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) 5th Annual Boilermakers Kansas City Sporting Clays Shoot held in Lenexa, Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 21 set a USA shoot financial record, raising a whopping $131,839 to support the USA’s conservation mission, and increased participation by 22% from 2012.
Shooting with his father, Rick Adams, on a team of IUPAT DC 3 members, youth shooter Drake Adams was among the 175 union members and shooting enthusiasts who attended the event at Powder Creek Shooting Park. His impressive score of 77 out of 100, especially at his first sporting clays shoot, earned him the Highest Over All (HOA) youth shooter award and inspired the crowd to unanimously agree he should receive the one-year membership offered by Powder Creek Shooting Park as a raffle item.
Hosted by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the shoot was sponsored by more than 50 unions, and union-friendly companies, including 18 Boilermakers Locals spanning 13 states from Georgia to California.
“When the Boilermakers and their partners like Bank of Labor and Union Insurance Group put their muscle and dedication behind an event, it always exceeds expectations,” said USA Executive Director Fred Myers. “USA’s 5th Annual Boilermakers Kansas City Sporting Clays Shoot brought together more shooters than almost any previous event, raised nearly $132,000 to support the USA’s conservation mission and encouraged a youth to pursue his talent in the shooting sports.”
“The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance brings us all together in such an important, fundamental and progressive way,” said Newton Jones, International President of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. “I think I echo the collective feelings of the leadership and membership of the Boilermakers as well as the staff of Bank of Labor and our many partners and friends when I say the USA is a great organization with a great and worthy cause.”
Each year, the USA’s nationwide shooting tour brings the union community together at more than 25 sporting clays and trap shoots across the country while raising funds to support the USA’s efforts to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage. For more information, visit www.unionsportsmen.org/events.
Image courtesy Mary Echols, Boilermakers Intl./ Union Sportsmen’s Alliance