Sports Shooting Receives Gifts from Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever

05/09/2016

The SCC Sport Shooting team recently received $4000 in donations from two area conservation organizations. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever each donated $2000 to the team. The monies will be used to pay for a special trailer the team will use to store and transport gear.

Jeremy Yost, president of the Aldo Leopold chapter of Pheasants Forever, says sponsoring the Sports Shooting team aligns with his organization’s goals.

“We like to promote activities that get young adults the chance to experience the outdoors as well as learn gun safety and responsible use.”

Yost says that Pheasants Forever already supports a handful of area high school sports shooting teams, and extending that support to SCC was a logical progression.

“This gives athletes a chance to stay involved after high school. Athletic opportunities for most students end when they get to college, but this is one activity they can continue to do.”

Quail Forever Great River Chapter member Sandy Stevenson echoes Yost’s comments.

“When we found out about SCC’s new team, we really wanted to find a way to get involved and support the team too. This is the first team sponsorship we’ve done and when we shared the idea with our membership, everyone was happy to do it.”

SCC Sports Shooting Head Coach Tim Weaver says the funds will offset the purchase of the team’s new trailer.

“We had about 20 athletes this year but we have plans to expand that number up to 40. We managed to make do our first year by fitting it into our team vans but it was tight. This will make it much easier to travel.”

Currently the team competes in about eight meets across Iowa. The trailer will be fitted with storage for gear as well as seating for athletes during down times at meets.

Weaver adds that the trailer has already come in handy. At the state championship meet in Ackley, Iowa in April, it rained the entire time and temps hovered in the mid-40’s. Athletes were able to take shelter and in the trailer.

“They’ll only stop the meet if there’s lightening but there wasn’t any. When you’re on the range, you’re completely exposed to the elements and everyone was soaked. We used the trailer to get students out of the elements and try to dry off their gear.”

Weaver is optimistic about the future of the program. He says he sees a lot of local talent that the coaching staff can recruit to make a competitive team.

“Sports Shooting is the fastest growing sport at the high school and collegiate level. It’s also a great way to get students involved in something outside of the classroom. Students who are more engaged tend to do better in school and to accomplish their college goals. It’s really a win-win.”

For more information about the SCC Sports Shooting program, contact Tim Weaver at 319-208-5111 or tweaver@scciowa.edu.

A file photo of the gift presentation with and the trailer is available here: http://www.scciowa.edu/marketing/2016/sports-shooting-trailer-05-2016.jpg

Caption: SCC President Michael Ash and SCC’s Sports Shooting coaching staff and athletes accept ceremonial checks from representatives from local chapters of Pheasants Forever and Quails Forever in front of the new team trailer.

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