USA Shooting & Show Me State to Partner on National
Sporting Clay Cup Fundraiser & Youth/Coach
With a 2020 vision, the USA Shooting Team is taking their National Sporting
Clay Cup Fundraiser nationwide beginning in 2017 and they've chosen the Show
Me State as the first destination.
Modeled after two highly-successful fundraisers hosted by Butch Eller and
Houston's America Shooting Centers, the National Sporting Clay Cup Fundraiser will now travel
to Missouri in partnership with theMissouri
Youth Sport Shooting Alliance (MYSSA)
Louis Skeet & Trap Club.
The fundraiser and clinics will take place
October 20-22 and will feature a sporting clays fundraiser shoot along with highly-anticipated
youth and coaching clinics. More details about the youth/coaching clinics
will be available on July 31.
USA Shooting has raised over $550,000 in three similar events in 2012,
2014 and 2016, hosted in Houston and near Dallas. The National Sporting Clay Cup will
be making a return stop to Houston in May of 2018. As the only non-government
supported Olympic shooting team in the world, USA Shooting relies heavily on donors and sponsors
to help maintain a history of success that includes 114 Olympic and Paralympic medals. Money
raised will help support USA Shooting's quest for World and Olympic glory.
Now, USA Shooting is expanding on this fundraising event concept to try
and create greater awareness about the USA Shooting Team and to help deliver additional engagement
opportunities with fans, donors and sponsors throughout the country. Partnering with
the state of Missouri, MYSSA and St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club was an easy fit given the
popularity of the shooting sports that exists and the number of youth already involved in
the sport. MYSSA is a statewide organization that promotes all shooting opportunities, safety,
leadership and training for Missouri's youth. Currently, MYSAA has 122 affiliated schools
and clubs, representing approximately 23,000 youth shooters.
University's shotgun program
and the 14-straight national titles they
have earned and the strong connection the university has in placing athletes on USA Shooting
Teams. Most recently, Lindenwood grad Morgan Craft
fifth-place finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and their coach, Shawn
, was a 2004 Olympian as well.
The state's appeal is further cemented by USA Shooting's long-time sponsor Winchester
Ammunition's close proximity to St. Louis from their headquarters in Alton, Illinois.
Furthermore, Missouri-based company MidwayUSA
are located approximately 124 miles west of St. Louis in
Columbia. Thanks to the generosity of Larry and Brenda Potterfield, the MidwayUSA
Foundation is single-handedly changing the future of youth shooting sports.
"The success of USA Shooting depends on our ability to create additional streams of revenue," said
USA Shooting's Interim Chief Executive Officer Dave Johnson. "We
are taking what has proven to be a very successful model of event fundraising for us and
turning that into a national concept in hopes of showcasing our athlete and our brand to
a wider audience."
"The addition of youth and coaching clinics, featuring USA Shooting Team members and
coaches, is that important tangible asset that we feel will make the National Sporting Clay
Cup much more attractive moving forward," add Johnson. "Under the leadership and guidance
of Lou Rupp and Jan Morris, partnering
with MYSSA on this opportunity has long-ranging benefits far beyond just our team's success
"The Board of Directors for MYSSA feels fortunate and privileged to have the opportunity
to support and work with the USA Shooting management team to coordinate and conduct this
major shooting event here in the state of Missouri," said Lou Rupp,
The event will begin Friday, October 20 with a coaching clinic, sporting clays practice,
VIP Dinner and auction at the St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club, followed by the Sporting
Clay Cup on Saturday, October 21. Kicking off Saturday's activity is an exclusive youth-only
Sporting Clay event followed by the main event. A youth clinic involving Missouri-area
youth shooters will take place Sunday, October 22.
St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club was founded in 1934 and will provide
a great setting for the event. The course will feature 15 stations with 75-100 targets and
will include a youth flight, followed by two afternoon flights. The youth event will feature
15 teams while the main event will be limited to the first 30 teams. Sponsorship opportunities
begin at $1,500.
"St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club is honored to partner with USA Shooting and excited
to host the National Sporting Clay Cup," said Roy Smith, President
of St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club. "Our club has been a long-time supporter of youth
shooting, the MYSSA, and home club to several Team USA shooters as well as Lindenwood University's
National Champion Shooting team. The timing of this prestigious event seems a natural progression
for both our club and those organizations involved, to establish a long-lasting relationship
to benefit our future Olympic shooters, our youth shooters and the future of shotgun sports."