FAIRFAX, Va. -(Ammoland.com)- Through its fundraising efforts at the enormously popular Great American Outdoor Show, The NRA Foundation is granting $50,000 to six central Pennsylvania law enforcement and outdoors organizations that contribute to public safety and promote the outdoor lifestyle through educational activities that encourage youth participation in the shooting sports.
The 2019 grants continue the tradition of support for the men and women of law enforcement and for educational and recreational youth programs across the country.
Since the NRA started the Great American Outdoor Show five years ago, more than $245,000 has been granted by The NRA Foundation—America's leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports—to central Pennsylvania law enforcement, youth groups and other eligible organizations.
- The Susquehanna Township Police Department will receive a grant to purchase officer-worn body cameras. This type of technology may play a valuable role in increasing public confidence, gathering evidence, reducing complaints against and assaults on police officers, supporting officer skill enhancement through the review of performance and more. The NRA is among the nation’s foremost supporters of law enforcement and is proud to continue backing the men and women who selflessly encounter great risk to protect the innocent.
- The Pennsylvania American Legion of Wormleysburg will receive a grant to support their State Police Youth Week firearms training course for high school juniors and seniors interested in a career in law enforcement or the military. The class, taught by NRA Certified Instructors, will include classroom time, dry fire exercises and live fire exercises with the M1 carbine.
- The York Rifle Range Association Inc. of York will receive a grant to support its Junior Air Rifle Program, which provides opportunity for local youth to learn about firearms safety and marksmanship skills in a structured environment. The York Rifle Range Junior Smallbore Rifle Team will also receive a grant to support its instruction of advanced marksmanship skills to reinforce the theme of good sportsmanship and to continue teaching junior shooters safe firearm handling.
- The South Mountain YMCA Camps of Reinholds will receive a grant to support its shooting sports programs, including Archery, BBs, .22 Riflery and Trap. Grant funding will provide new equipment and accessories for these archery and firearms programs through which certified instructors introduce shooting sports to children ages 6-17 in a safe, structured and educational environment.
- The Pennsylvania Rifle and Pistol Association Inc. of Annville will receive a grant to expand and support junior shooting programs throughout the state of Pennsylvania and participation in competitions including NRA Championships, Pennsylvania Championships and USA Shooting national events. Grant funding will offset fees and costs associated with these activities in order to increase overall junior involvement in the shooting sports.
- The Palmyra Sportsmen’s Association of Annville will receive a grant to support the establishment and promotion of national programs in the Harrisburg area to encourage youth interest in and access to competitive shotgun shooting. Grant funding will be used to help establish opportunities for participation in the NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program for shotgun, the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), and the Association of College Unions International (ACIU) collegiate clay target shooting.
The success of the Great American Outdoor Show—the world’s largest consumer sports and outdoor show—and the tireless efforts of The NRA Foundation make these grants possible, empowering law enforcement agencies to continue providing invaluable service to local communities and enabling stewards of the outdoor sports lifestyle to continue making a difference in Pennsylvania while safeguarding and improving the future of time-honored outdoor traditions.
The nine-day Great American Outdoor Show returns to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg Feb. 2-10, 2019, featuring 650,000 sq. ft. of the best the outdoors has to offer.
To purchase tickets to the show or browse the exciting list of events, seminars, exhibitors and more, visit the official website at www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreatAmericanOutdoorShow, on Twitter at twitter.com/NRA_GAOS, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/nra_gaos for updates and to join the conversation using the hashtags #GAOS2019 and #LiveTheAdventure.
About The NRA Foundation
Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearm and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shootings sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context. More information about The NRA Foundation can be found online at www.nrafoundation.org.
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. 5.5 million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit http://www.nra.org.