With more than 1,000 SCTP shooters preparing to compete in the upcoming National Championships at the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta, Ill. on July 23 – 26, 2009, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) said Beretta, Browning, and Remington have stepped up to become major sponsors of this year's event.
“We are happy to report that several of the industry's premier companies are strong proponents of SCTP,” says Dr. Bill Christy, Executive Director of SSSF, “and they have graciously donated product and funding for the upcoming National Championships.” Added Christy, “of course this combined with the major support of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, should allow for the most exciting SCTP Championship ever.”
Browning Day will kick-off the weekend's festivities on Friday, July 24th. Browning has donated special Browning merchandise for which will be awarded for daily prizes as well as the HOA awards. The High All-Around Team Champion Trophies have also been donated by Browning.
Beretta Day has been slated for Saturday, July 25th. Donations include Beretta Model 391 Trap and Sporting Clays Shotguns for the winners of the Beretta SCTP Last Competitor Standing and Beretta SCTP Shootout events plus Beretta Shopping Sprees at the Beretta building. Beretta will also be hosting the cookout preceded by a shooting exhibition by Beretta's shooter Scott Robertson. The Beretta Day will conclude with the Last Competitor Standing competition.
Sunday, July 26th has been designated as Remington Day. Prizes donated by Remington include 12 Model 1100 Competition Shotguns. During the Opening Ceremony Remington will randomly draw from ALL registered Sporting Squads one squad whose three members will each receive a 1100 Competition Shotgun . During the Closing Ceremony, Remington will do the same for a Skeet Squad (3 shotguns) and a Trap Squad (5 shotguns). Remington will also provide a 1100 Competition Shotgun for the high score posted at the Remington SCTP Shootout and cases of ammunition to the SCTP National Championship Winning Squads in each discipline.
Winchester Ammunition has stepped up to support the National Championships by donating Commemorative Value Packs and will also give away $100 Gear Cards to ten participants found wearing a Winchester pin each day. Friday's Opening Ceremony features a performance by Winchester's Patrick Flanagan.
Other donors include White Flyer, the first major sponsor of SCTP who has sponsored registered targets at every SCTP National Championship, Ruger with its Ruger Rimfire Challenge, Promatic, Hodgdon, MEC, Spolar, Zanders, Downrange, and Americase.
Trophies for the winners of the three SCTP National Championship disciplines are courtesy of the National Sporting Clays Association and the National Skeet Shooting Association.
In terms of sheer numbers of participants, the eight-year-old SCTP has been the most successful youth-oriented program ever established. Nearly 30,000 middle and high school students have participated in the program, which includes trap, skeet, sporting clays, Olympic Trap, and ISSF Skeet competitions.
The SSSF is responsible for all aspects of SCTP, including participant registration, coaches, state coordinators, state and national championships, promotion, communications, websites, public relations and growth strategies.