EDGEFIELD, S.C. — -(AmmoLand.com)- USA Shooting and the National Wild Turkey Federation are teaming up for a sporting clays fundraiser titled TURKEYS FOR TOKYO. The event on Wednesday, February 13 will kick off the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee.
With the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in sight, USA Shooting and NWTF have come together for a cause to help support both organization’s missions and hope to make TURKEYS FOR TOKYO the can’t miss event of the week.
“Turkeys for Tokyo combines this country’s passions of turkeys, hunting, habitat and American pride,” said Keith Enlow, USA Shooting CEO. “So, it only makes sense to come together in a way to support the NWTF and America’s Shooting Team. USA Shooting’s 2020 vision of supporting our athletes in need can only be realized by the involvement, generosity and backing of organizations like NWTF and we couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity.”
“The NWTF has had a long and rich relationship with USA Shooting,” said Heath Davis, NWTF Foundation Board chairman. “Collaborating on this effort should not only appeal to NWTF members, turkey hunters and those who cherish our conservation and hunting heritage but also to those of us who are proud to show our patriotic support of Team USA in the 2020 Olympics.”
The event will take place at the Nashville Gun Club and will feature 100 clays thrown from 12 different stations. Top prizes will be awarded to best teams and individuals. The event will conclude with a special lunch, raffle and auction before NWTF participants make their way to the Early Bird Social at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville.
Participating in TURKEYS FOR TOKYO will be several National and National Junior Team members from USA Shooting including two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Champion Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia). Joining Hancock will be several athletes from Martin Methodist College, based in Pulaski, Tennessee, as the program has become a hot-bed for USA Shooting shotgun talent in recent years with five current USA Shooting Team members. Thirteen-year-old Tennessee native Carey Garrison, the youngest ever to make a World Championships Team for USA Shooting, will also attend.
The event hopes to attract some of the 50,000 NWTF participants expected in Nashville that week, including major event sponsors, team sponsors, hunting and sports celebrities and country music stars.
TURKEYS FOR TOKYO will help launch a busy 2019 fundraising season for the USA Shooting Team with at least five events planned to connect America’s Shooting Team with the shooting and outdoor industry and those fans who support and appreciate the shooting sports. As one of the only non-government supported shooting teams in the world, USA Shooting relies heavily on donors and sponsors to help maintain a history of success that includes 110 Olympic and five Paralympic medals.
The NWTF Convention is one of the biggest consumer shows in the country; where conservation and hunting's most devoted supporters come together for a weekend of networking, learning and a lot of fun. NWTF has put together a convention and sport show that celebrates more than 40 years of conservation successes by NWTF volunteers and partners. Visit www.nwtf.org/convention for more information.
To participate in TURKEYS FOR TOKYO, contact Patsy Woods at 719.866.4883 or by e-mail [email protected]
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.