Harold Stoneberger Receives Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show Outdoor Youth Mentor Award
HARRISBURG, PA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Harold Stoneberger of Lewisbury, PA, has received the 2009 Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show Youth Mentor Award for his efforts in promoting the outdoors and outdoor sports to youth.
When it comes to mentoring youth, Stoneberger leads by example. He realizes the value of teaching young people about the outdoors and outdoor sports and has implemented programs for youth at the grassroots level.
The Crushers are a group of youth ranging from 5th through 12th grade that practice shooting clay targets at the Central Penn Sporting Clays Club owned by Harold Stoneberger. Harold organized and sponsors this group of youth that shoot in a clay target program competing on both state and national levels. This program has grown over the last five years and now includes about twenty male and female participants.
Stoneberger also opens his sporting clays club each fall to other youth programs, including a youth field day. A variety of shooting activities including sporting clays, muzzleloaders, rim-fire rifles, archery, and even shooting game birds over dogs are available for the youth to experience.
Each year, Stoneberger puts on a youth fundraiser at his club with Safari Club International Blue Mountain chapter. In 2008 they netted $14,000 for youth programs. In the past three years they have been able to send over 20 youngsters to the Wyoming Wilderness School for Youth.
Stoneberger also owns three farms in York County and allows only youth to hunt on them. This year alone four buck and four doe were harvested on his farms by hunters under 17 years of age.
The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show Outdoor Youth Mentor Award is presented annually to an individual or organization in recognition of their demonstrated commitment to using their knowledge of the outdoors and outdoor sports to educate and help young people.