Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is hosting kids in grades 4-12 on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 statewide, to try shooting sports. The free recruiting days will introduce youth to the world of shotgun shooting and get them connected to a team in their area. SCTP will host a total of 18 events across several counties throughout the state, including nearby Carroll County.
“As a former athlete myself, it’s always great watching a new generation of athletes fall in love with the sport for the first time on recruitment day,” said Ashley Tone, Tennessee SCTP manager. “Shooting sports are incredibly inclusive – you don’t have to be a certain body type, age, or gender to succeed. We hope to welcome even more students this year to safely show them the value of shooting sports in building confidence, determination, focus, and friendship.”
No previous experience is needed. Beginners will be guided through proper firearm safety and receive instruction from a highly trained coach before having the chance to hit a few practice targets of their own.
Interested youth must have a legal guardian present to participate. Safety equipment will be provided for each participant. Most locations will have firearms available for attendees, but guardians are encouraged to bring any equipment they or the participants own.
The SCTP program operates under the TWF, one of the state’s leading policy, engagement, and stewardship nonprofits dedicated to conserving the state’s wildlife and natural resources. Shooting sports play an important role in supporting and introducing youth to conservation.
“Recruitment day is centered on making meaningful connections,” said J.W. Worthen, TWF director of programs. “We want the youth to make a strong connection with the sport of shooting and the team coaches. As a parent to an SCTP athlete, I also know how important it is for the youth’s family to connect with the sport and coach.”
SCTP develops athletes who win national titles and provides students opportunities to earn college scholarships. SCTP athletes learn valuable life skills including safe firearm handling, responsibility, leadership, and teamwork all while participating in an environment of healthy competition.
Youth living in Benton County will have a chance to participate in the recruiting day by attending the event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carroll County Shooting Sports Complex located at 680 McAdoo Cemetery Lane in Huntingdon. To learn more about the SCTP Recruiting Day or find a different location, visit tnwf.org/explore.