The NRA Foundation Awards

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The NRA Foundation Awards $14,977 to the
Wakulla 4-H Shooting Sports Program


Crawfordville, FL –– The NRA Foundation has awarded the Wakulla 4-H Shooting Sports program a grant totaling $14,977 to fund supplies for the Wakulla 4-H youth development archery and shotgun education programs. “We are very excited about this grant award to support the Wakulla 4-H Sharpshooters Club, “said Rachel Pienta, “and pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community.”

Wakulla 4-H Shooting Sports formed in August 2018. Currently, 42 youth are registered for the program. During this first program year, the group has met once per month as a club and then each of the two disciplines has met a minimum of once per month to practice. Approximately 30 youth ages 10 to 18 have regularly received instruction in either Archery, Shotgun or both.

The cost for families has currently included items like ammunition, arrows, bow strings, clays, and targets. The NRA Foundation grant award will help the program to serve additional youth and make the program easily affordable for more families to participate.

The 4-H Shooting Sports Program fosters positive youth development, which is the mission of Extension 4-H youth programs. The 4-H Shooting Sports Program teaches young people the safe and responsible use of firearms, principles of archery, and hunting basics. Lifelong skill development is one of the main benefits of involvement in the 4-H Shooting Sports Program and applies to both youth and adults involved in the program. Specifically, the 4-H Shooting Sports Program is designed to:

  • Provide youth proper training in the use of firearms, archery equipment, and other areas of shooting sports.
  • Provide thorough instruction in shooting sports safety.
  • Develop life skills such as self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, and sportsmanship.
  • Create an appreciation and understanding of natural resources and their wise use.
  • Provide volunteer instructors safe and proper instructional techniques.

Four Level I certified volunteer instructors for the two disciplines lead the program with additional Level II background checked volunteers who help support the program activities. More volunteers are needed to complete the Level I volunteer instructor training. For more information on how to become involved as a club member or volunteer, call 926-3931 or email

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Posted: June 3, 2019

Category: 4-H & Youth, Clubs & Volunteers, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching,
Tags: 4-H, 4-H Alumni, 4-H Club Group Activities, 4-H Events And Activities, 4-H Leader, 4-H Youth Development, Panhandle 4-H, Wakulla 4-H, Wakulla County 4-H

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