The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF)* named Wayne Rasmussen the national director of its Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), leading the SSSF’s youth development program. He has over thirteen years of experience in youth shooting sports as a parent, coach and state advisor.

“My involvement with the SSSF began when my daughters competed in the clay target and action shooting programs. My passion for growing youth shooting sports participation rests in the belief that the SSSF’s youth development programs instill good sportsmanship, competitiveness, cooperation, teamwork, and high moral character.

“I believe there is great potential for growth in youth shooting sports. Having a program that encourages athletes, trains coaches and builds lasting partnerships with industry leaders is key to the continued success of the SSSF/SCTP/SASP,” said Rasmussen.

“We were fortunate to have over 50 applicants for our SSSF position,” said Rick Leach, president and executive director of the SSSF. We interviewed six, and Wayne’s passion for youth shooting sports shone through. We are very excited for Wayne to join our staff and continue to improve and grow our program.

“With Wayne’s experience in running large-scale shooting sports events, leading coach certification trainings and systems management we are excited for him to take the helm. His previous involvement ranges from introducing new athletes to the sport all the way to coaching seasoned athletes in Olympic disciplines. Rasmussen’s leadership will propel the Scholastic Clay Target Program and the SSSF as a whole into the 2024 shooting sports season,” continued Leach.

 The SSSF is a 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the SCTP and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across the U.S. The SCTP and SASP are youth development programs where “adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills.” This also includes serving as the primary feeder/pipeline for organized, sanctioned shooting organizations and teams, including USA Shooting, Team USA, and the NGBs (NSSA, NSCA, ATA).

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