National scholastic shooting championships return to Ohio

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation has announced that the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships will be conducted at the Ohio-based Cardinal Shooting Center July 8-15, 2017. The SSSF has signed a three-year agreement with the Cardinal Shooting Center to hold its annual July championships from 2017-2019.

“We are very pleased to be working with the Cardinal Shooting Center for the next three years” said Ben Berka, president and executive director for the SSSF. “The staff at Cardinal worked very hard to accommodate our 2016 national event and met near-impossible deadlines to expand range infrastructure, proving their commitment to our teams and families.”

The SSSF National Championships is the culminating annual showcase of youth development for many Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program teams around the country. Youth teams in the SCTP and SASP have the opportunity to compete in multiple shotgun, rifle and pistol based events at this week-long, family friendly event. Held every year beginning the second Saturday in July, the championships host around 2,500 youth and their families with over one million shots fired by youth competitors.

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is responsible for all aspects of the SCTP and SASP across the United States. SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. SCTP was developed as a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation until the SSSF was created in 2007 to operate the SCTP. In 2012, SSSF created the SASP and became the managing foundation of both programs.

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