Virginia Beach, Virginia – April 15, 2014

Club member Nick Perusse practices his shotgun skills as part of the Virginia Beach 4-H Top Shooters shooting education program.

Club member Nick Perusse practices his shotgun skills as part of the Virginia Beach 4-H Top Shooters shooting education program.

On February 12th, the Virginia Beach 4-H Top Shooters received a $4,003.00 grant from The NRA Foundation providing the club with four youth model 20 gauge shotguns and one full-sized 12 gauge shotgun to support its shooting education program. The 4-H Shooting Education Program uses shooting as a vehicle to help young people ages 9 to 19 develop life skills such as discipline, responsibility, and leadership through archery, pistol, rifle, and shotgun. Through these disciplines, youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics.

The NRA Foundation is the country’s leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports, having awarded thousands of grants in support of educational programs since its inception in 1990. Each year, The NRA Foundation allocates half of all net proceeds to fund projects within the state in which the money was raised and uses the other half to fund similar projects with a national scope. Both nationally and within Virginia, 4-H Shooting Education Programs are routinely one of the largest recipients of The NRA Foundation grants. Friends of NRA banquets – the primary fund-raising arm of The NRA Foundation – has held over 16,000 events nationwide, reached over 2.8 million attendees, and has raised over $230 million for The NRA Foundation.

Wes Latchford, Shotgun Lead Instructor