COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –-(Ammoland.com)- The holiday season has begun and so begins the opportunity for all of us to reflect back upon the year that was, give thanks to those around you and look ahead to the fortunes that lie ahead.
This year has been particularly good for USA Shooting and as we approach Thanksgiving we felt it necessary to offer up what we're most thankful for as an organization and to share with you what some of our athletes are thankful for as well.
- Athletes -For representing the shooting sports with class and distinction while creating a favorable message for all associated with the firearms industry.
- Coaches, Families Referees & Volunteers – The passion, sacrifice and devotion to their craft all too often goes unappreciated as they quietly go about making our sport successful, safe and structured.
- Sponsors, Partners & Supporters – As a non-profit organization with no government funding, the generosity of our industry and the organizations that support our mission continue to push us to new heights.
- Donors- The USA Shooting Team isn't our team, it's America's Team and that is obvious through the kindness of American's who continue to bestow our organization with the gifts necessary to see that success continues well into the future.
- Industry – Our teams can only be as good as the industry that helps mold them. Thankfully for us we have the loyal support of an industry that prides itself in giving back and helping us achieve greatness. The charity auctions, conservation partnerships, the promotion and protection provided by the NRA and NSSF combined with the media exposure from radio, television, television, print, internet and social media showcases the depth and interest throughout the industry. They deserve praise and recognition for the enormous benefits they provide all of us.
- ISSF -We're thankful for the relationship we have with the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) and their governance worldwide of the Olympic-shooting sports. We're also thankful for their dedication to continue changing the sport, while not always popular initially, in order to maintain relevance in an ever-changing Olympic environment.
- Fans – With tremendous growth across USA Shooting's social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter and for continued interest in all levels of our sport, we thank our fans for their support, belief and interest. We continue to strive to exceed your expectations.
- Membership -This week and always, we are very thankful to all of our members and friends in the shooting community who grow the sport we love.
Asked to contribute what their most thankful for this Thanksgiving, our athletes offer up some pointed messages to friends, family and their network of support.
Kim Rhode, Five-time Olympic Medalist, Skeet Shooting: “I'm thankful for my health, to have a roof over my head, friends and family who love us. I'm thankful for my success and to have the honor to represent my country.”
Jamie Gray, Two-time Olympian and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Rifle Shooting: “I am thankful for my family who has always been there for me, including my husband who puts up with me every day. I am thankful for my friends who are there for me when my family isn't around. I have been blessed to have a healthy life and a long career, with more to come.”
Matt Emmons, Three-time Olympic medalist, Rifle Shooting: “I'm thankful for everything that I have in life and for all the good things that have happened to me. I'm also thankful for the things that didn't go well because it's made me wiser. I'm thankful I've been able to earn a living doing something I love. This Thanksgiving, my wife, daughter, and I will be spending the holiday with our best friends Hank and Jamie Gray. I'm thankful for friends like them who you know you can trust with anything in the world.”
Frank Thompson, 2012 Olympian, Skeet Shooting: “This Thanksgiving I'm thankful for all my great friends, girlfriend, and family and for all the great experiences I get to have in wide open spaces.”
Emil Milev, Five-Time Olympian, Rapid Fire Pistol Shooting: “I am thankful for the amazing Olympic experience and to everyone who made it possible. I am especially thankful for my family and friends who have supported me through this journey and to my coach, Vladimir Chichkov, for being there every step of the way.”
Eric Hollen, 2012 Paralympian, Pistol Shooting: “I am thankful to have such a great support system, composed of great friends and family. I feel that every day since initial injury is a gift, and I intend to work hard to reach my goal daily. There are no guarantees you just never know when your number might come up and your last day is here. All the best and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!! LIVE IT!!”
From all of us at USA Shooting, thank you for your support, dedication and interest in our family and we wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!
About USA Shooting:
USA Shooting, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of shooting in April 1995. USA Shooting's mission is to prepare American athletes to win Olympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the U.S. and govern the conduct of international shooting in the country. Check us out on the web at www.usashooting.org and on Twitter at twitter.com/USAShooting.