Leupold® Scopes Supports Priority Youth Shooting Sports Programs
Beaverton, OR – In an effort to introduce more youngsters to the shooting sports, Leupold® has donated 24 spotting scope kits to four of the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance's (YSSA) priority programs.
The donated Sequoia® 15-45x60mm spotting scope kits were distributed to programs deemed priority by a national assessment conducted by the YSSA. The four recipient programs include:
– Alaska Department of Fish & Game Hunter Education Indoor Shooting Range in Fairbanks, Alaska
– Army JROTC unit in Walhalla, South Carolina
– Gerald R. Ford Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA), in Grand Rapids, Michigan
– Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, BSA, in Pleasant Hill, California
Cyndi Flannigan, Leupold sales manager, commented, “We're proud to support the needs of programs that have such tremendous impact on the introduction and retention of youth into the shooting sports.”
Of the four programs, Alaska's Hunter Education Indoor Shooting Range Facility reaches the most people. Serving as the hub of firearms safety and education training for Interior Alaska, the facility reaches more than 20,000 people each year, including more than 5,000 youth.
Though not as large as the Alaska program, the Walhalla JROTC marksmanship team has experienced the quickest growth by tripling in size in less than two years. Col. Kevin Mangan, JROTC commander, stated, “We have seen a remarkable increase in interest and participation in our rifle team. In fact, our unit plans to host a clinic and competition for area JROTC units this fall to show the simplicity of running a team.”
Less focused on the competition aspect of shooting, BSA offers a wide variety of shooting sports programs to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts.
“Shooting sports are one of the main reasons boys sign up for our summer camps,” said Suzie Blake of the Gerald R. Ford Council, BSA. “Having quality equipment like Leupold spotting scopes allows the scouts the opportunity to improve marksmanship skills and build self confidence.”
Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the most prominent American-owned and -operated optics company, employs more than 650 people in its state-of-the-art Beaverton, Ore., facility where rugged, dependable, high-performance Golden Ring® sports optics are designed, machined and assembled. Leupold is a fifth-generation, family-owned company whose products are sold worldwide to hunters, wildlife observers, competitive shooters, law enforcement officers and special operations military personnel. The product line includes rifle, handgun and spotting scopes; binoculars; rangefinders; flashlights; mounting systems; and optical tools and accessories.
The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance is a 501 (c)(3) private foundation whose mission is to identify and support the needs of successful and safe youth programs and venues that create measurable increases in youth participation. Youth groups and industry members interested in learning more about the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance are encouraged to visit their web site at www.youthshootingsa.com .
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