HOUSTON (May 15, 2018)
America’s shooting team is embarking on complete 2020 vision and the realization of such will get underway this week at Houston’s American Shooting Centers, site of USA Shooting’s National Sporting Clays Cup Fundraiser.
The 2020 Olympic Games get underway in a little more than 800 days and events like the National Sporting Clay Cup help bring together a group of people to help support the Olympic shooting sports and to give America’s shooting team the boost it needs to find success in Tokyo.
More than 70 teams are expected to participate in Saturday’s National Sporting Clay Cup. USA Shooting has raised a combined $350,000 previously during their prior two events in 2014 and 2016. Plenty of competition and interaction with USA Shooting Team members will accompany the event that includes a private benefactor dinner and practice session, along with Saturday’s main event.
The third reiteration of the National Sporting Clay Cup Fundraiser will once again feature Houston’s own hometown Olympic gold medalist and five-time Olympian Glenn Eller. His father, Butch, operates American Shooting Centers (ASC) on the city’s west side. The fact that ASC is able to host this event let alone cater to the shooting sports needs of Space City residents is a testament to the staff involved after two epic flooding events since 2015, including devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey nine months ago.
Still competing after making his international debut 19 years ago, Eller has new motivation and challenge ahead of his attempt to make a sixth Olympic Team. His shotgun event of Double Trap was eliminated from the Olympic program after 2016 and he’s trying to reinvent himself in the discipline of Trap, which hasn’t seen an American qualify to compete in the last two previous Olympic