U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- This spring more than 800 students gathered in San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the 50th Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate Clay Target National Championship. Athletes came from all across the country to compete in the season’s final contest, participating in the USA Shooting Olympic Trap and Skeet events along with six disciplines.
Joining representatives from 83 colleges and universities, the NRA Education and Training Division attended the championship to present thousands of dollars in scholarships and to support the ACUI Clay Target program’s efforts to teach students fair play, concentration, interpersonal and leadership skills and to open doors to the shooting industry for them.
The road to the national championship and the NRA scholarship opportunities available along the way begins at each individual school—or even with just a single individual. If a school does not have a recognized club or team, a student can still compete under their school’s banner at the ACUI championships. ACUI Clay Target events up to the conference level also broaden access to competitive shooting by allowing high school students to participate alongside collegiate athletes for top honors and for NRA scholarships.NRA Co-Op Program Coordinator Claudia Olsen (center) joined by Brownells/NRA National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors Taylor Holland of University of the Ozarks and Keaton Sharp, rising freshman at Schreiner University. Keaton tied for third place in International Trap at this championship.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the NRA Education and Training Division donated $6,000 in scholarship money to be used at the 11 ACUI conference championships, which give participants an opportunity to log scores to establish their class rank. At each one, a “miss and out” style shoot-off for a $500 college scholarship was held after