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Friday, September 28, 2012

Young Virginia Shooters Get a Shot in the Arm from RMEF

Lake Braddock Secondary School
The parents of today’s teenagers at Lake Braddock Secondary School (LBBS) in Virginia were teenagers themselves when rocker Pat Benatar belted out the well-known lyrics “Hit me with your best shot, fire away!” to packed arenas across the nation in the 1980s. But now their LBBS kids have the financial backing needed to put their crosshairs on the target to “fire away” for years to come.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and partner MidwayUSA recently awarded a $10,000 endowment to the LBBS rifle team in Fairfax that will generate about $500 a year in perpetuity. The squad of 21 students can use the funds for ammunition, targets or any equipment needed for their shooting sports program. LBBS competes in 10 meter, three position and precision air rifle matches organized by the nine-team Potomac High School Rifle League in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

The teens were pumped as they gathered with school sponsors and team coaches for the special check presentation. RMEF State Chair of Virginia Tinker Frazier, whose son and daughter graduated from Lake Braddock, presented the endowment. “The afternoon’s celebration was great,” said Frazier. “The school is thrilled and the students are excited about the upcoming school year.”

“This means so much to the kids. They work very hard to learn the technique, consistency, and focus to bring their scores up,” said Coach Matt Shuster. “With this endowment we will be able to provide the kids with the equipment they need to excel. When a young shooter shows me a target and tells me they just beat their personal best, the smile and sense of accomplishment is priceless. Thank you RMEF and MidwayUSA!”

“Conservation depends on strong participation in hunting and shooting sports, which together generate most of the revenue for wildlife habitat, management, law enforcement and research in America,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We’re proud to support this heritage through endowments to encourage and support students with a budding interest in sporting lifestyles.” Allen also thanked Larry and Brenda Potterfield of MidwayUSA for their continued support of RMEF and scholastic shooting programs nationwide.

So rock on Bruins, keep your eye on the target and good luck this season!

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