ADA — A grant from The NRA Foundation Friends of NRA program provided $3,184.21 in prize money for Pontotoc County 4-H Shooting competition. Ron Akers, county 4-H shooting instructor said these funds are necessary in accomplishing the goal to promote youth development and firearm safety to young people of Pontotoc County.

He also said the club’s objectives include establishing self-esteem and confidence in young people, instilling the importance of firearm safety and to achieve markmanship in the art of skeet and trap for ages 11-18.

According to Akers, the NRA Foundation grant funds will be used to purchase two firearms for 4-Hers who do not have access to a firearm and ammunition and protective ear wear for competition shooting. To date, 11 Pontotoc County youth have been certified in shooting sports and competed in 4-H and non-4-H skeet and trap events. Five more are currently being certified and approximately five more will begin in August.

Friends of NRA is a grassroots, community-minded program supported by gunowners, sportsmen and NRA friends that conduct banquets and other fundraising events to generate income for The NRA Foundation. Last year, Friends of NRA raised more than $10.7 million through events in the 990 communities nationwide. The NRA Foundation has awarded 334 grants totaling more than 850,000 for charitable programs in Oklahoma.

The NRA Foundation supports a broad range of programs and services that benefit local communities from providing shooting range access for physically-disabled shooters to firearms safety, education and leadership programs for America’s youth. Some of the programs include the Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program which teachers elementary school children gun safety; the Environment, Conservation and Hunting Outreach (ECHO) program that promotes the wise use of natural resources and hunter safety and ethics; and the Refuse to Be a Victim program instructing women in how to live safer, more secure lives, among many others.

The NRA Foundation is a nonprofit arm of the National Rifle Association and is dedicated to promoting and funding firearms safety, education and training programs nationally.

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