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2017 News

YSSA Extends 2018 Grant Proposal Deadline

Omaha, NE – The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) is extending its final grant proposal deadline for 2018 youth shooting programs to accommodate the multitude of requests. Grants are now due no later than December 15, 2017.

"Thanks to generous support from the shooting sports industry, the YSSA has additional equipment available for loan for youth events and programs," according to Cyndi Flannigan, executive director of the YSSA. "Because of the additional equipment, we will try to fulfill as many requests as possible for 2018."

Grants are approved contingent on the program length, size and product availability.

Please make sure your program is registered on the programs section of the website: www.youthshootingsa.com. By registering your program on this website, you will become eligible for discounts from certain suppliers when items from YSSA are not available. A list of the products available are listed in the grant application.

Current grant application approvals will be finalized no later than December 20, 2017. Please remember that all firearms and archery products are available for loan only and returned per the contract agreement, however some accessory items will be donated.

The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance was founded in 2007, an offshoot of the National 4-H Youth Shooting Sports program. To date, the YSSA has loaned more than $1.5 million in equipment to youth programs across the country, benefitting more than 85,000 youth.

For more information about the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, contact Cyndi Flannigan at: executivedirector@youthssa.com.


YSSA Names Flannigan Executive Director

Omaha, NE – The board of directors of the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) is pleased to announce the selection of Cyndi Flannigan as its newest Executive Director.


Flannigan, a veteran of the shooting sports industry and youth shooting programs for nearly four decades, will provide strong leadership and vision for the YSSA, according to Dick Placzek, YSSA board president.

In addition to her most recent stint as Vice President for Walther Arms, Inc., Flannigan has held positions at Hornady Manufacturing and Leupold & Stevens. She is also involved in several boards that represent hunting and shooting sports interests including the Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund, secretary of the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation and a seat on the board of the YSSA.


"To say Cyndi is passionate about the shooting sports is an understatement," Placzek said. "Her entire adult life has been devoted to hunting and shooting, and she is committed to helping youth achieve the same joy and lifelong experiences she has had. We're fortunate to have someone with Cyndi's abilities lead this association."


The YSSA is noted as being the only organization in the country that provides new and used firearms, archery equipment and BB guns to youth programs on a loan basis, free of charge.



"It's absolutely critical for the future of the shooting sports that new generations of kids are indoctrinated to shooting through youth programs," said Flannigan. "And providing quality equipment to these programs is essential if they're going to have a safe and positive experience while having fun.


"A serious lack of quality firearms and equipment is actually a deterrent when trying to expand the shooting programs," she noted. "This is a great opportunity to enhance programs which, in turn, will lead to more youth involvement."


The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance was founded in 2007, an offshoot of the National 4-H Youth Shooting Sports program. To date, the YSSA has loaned more than $1.5 million in equipment to youth programs across the country, benefitting more than 85,000 youth.


For more information about the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, contact Cyndi Flannigan at: executivedirector@youthssa.com.


YSSA ANNOUNCES 2017 GRANT PROGRAM

The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) is conducting its ninth National Youth Shooting Sports Program Needs Assessment this fall to identify youth shooting sports programs that are being limited in growth by their need for additional equipment and supplies. Youth program leaders are welcomed and encouraged to submit an application for YSSA support. Click here to complete the screen-fillable application.

The shooting sports industry receives numerous requests annually from youth and social organizations seeking financial and product support. As a service to the shooting sports industry, the YSSA provides guidance as to which of these programs should be considered as priority in having the greatest return on investment measured by projected program growth and participation.

2016 News

YSSA ANNOUNCES 2016 GRANT PROGRAM

The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) is conducting its ninth National Youth Shooting Sports Program Needs Assessment this fall to identify youth shooting sports programs that are being limited in growth by their need for additional equipment and supplies. Youth program leaders are welcomed and encouraged to submit an application for YSSA support by September 23, 2015. Click here to complete the screen-fillable application.

The shooting sports industry receives numerous requests annually from youth and social organizations seeking financial and product support. As a service to the shooting sports industry, the YSSA provides guidance as to which of these programs should be considered as priority in having the greatest return on investment measured by projected program growth and participation.

A panel of select members of the shooting sports industry will review proposals submitted in response to this assessment and select the priority programs that best contribute to the future market goals of the industry. The proposals will be judged in the following categories:

  1. Current and projected participation level
  2. Diversity of shooting disciplines accommodated
  3. Uniqueness of program
  4. Probability of obtaining equipment needed to fulfill the request
  5. Efficiency of use of donated product
  6. Visibility and public relations value

The priority proposals identified by this panel will be announced in late October, 2015.

The YSSA has provided product support for over 350 priority youth shooting sports programs to date and has distributed over $1.1 million worth of equipment and supplies to address limitations to growth of these programs.

2015 News

YSSA ANNOUNCES 2015 GRANT PROGRAM

The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) is conducting its ninth National Youth Shooting Sports Program Needs Assessment this fall to identify youth shooting sports programs that are being limited in growth by their need for additional equipment and supplies. Youth program leaders are welcomed and encouraged to submit an application for YSSA support by September 23, 2015. Click here to complete the screen-fillable application.

The shooting sports industry receives numerous requests annually from youth and social organizations seeking financial and product support. As a service to the shooting sports industry, the YSSA provides guidance as to which of these programs should be considered as priority in having the greatest return on investment measured by projected program growth and participation.

A panel of select members of the shooting sports industry will review proposals submitted in response to this assessment and select the priority programs that best contribute to the future market goals of the industry. The proposals will be judged in the following categories:

  1. Current and projected participation level
  2. Diversity of shooting disciplines accommodated
  3. Uniqueness of program
  4. Probability of obtaining equipment needed to fulfill the request
  5. Efficiency of use of donated product
  6. Visibility and public relations value

The priority proposals identified by this panel will be announced in late October, 2015.

The YSSA has provided product support for over 350 priority youth shooting sports programs to date and has distributed over $1.1 million worth of equipment and supplies to address limitations to growth of these programs.


FNH USA, LLC DONATES FIREARMS TO YSSA

The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) recently announced that FNH USA, LLC continued their support of efforts to recruit and retain youth in the shooting sports with a generous donation to the YSSA of rifles, handguns and shotguns.

Included among the donated firearms are FNAR™ Heavy, FN TSR™ XP and FN SPR™ A5M rifles; FN Five-seveN® and FNX™-9 handguns; an FN SC1™ Over/Under shotgun and an FN SCAR® 16S carbine. These firearms will be sold on GunBroker.com – the web’s largest hunting and sport shooting auction – to generate the funds needed to purchase equipment and supplies in support of YSSA selected priority youth shooting sports programs.

"We have been impressed with the accomplishments of the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance," said Ken Pfau, Senior Vice President for Law Enforcement and Commercial Sales at FNH USA, LLC. "We share their passion for assisting in the recruitment and retention of new shooters and hunters and are proud to continue our support."

FN America, LLC, is a U.S. subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A., a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high quality, reliable firearms for military, law enforcement and commercial customers worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, VA with manufacturing operations in Columbia, SC, FN America is passionately committed to providing its customers with a portfolio of products, training and support services under the FNH USA brand name that enhance their performance and safeguard their lives. For more information, visit them at www.fnhusa.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


RUGER AUCTIONS RAISE $28,200 FOR YSSA

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. presented a check for $28,200 to the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) to help promote the safe and responsible use of firearms. The donation represents the proceeds generated by Ruger firearms auctions held between September 24, 2014 and February 4, 2015 to support the YSSA mission.

Ruger initiated the auction program in 2010 to provide an opportunity for collectors and shooting sports enthusiasts to bid on and acquire rare, unusual, discontinued, or one-of-a-kind Ruger firearms and accessories. "We decided to clean out the attic and utilize these collectibles to bring additional traffic to our website” said Michael Fifer, CEO of Ruger. "We also decided to direct the proceeds from our auctions to advance the efforts of organizations like YSSA that work to preserve our American hunting and shooting heritage."

"The Ruger Auctions were exceptionally popular because of the uniqueness of the firearms up for bid" said Steve Miller, Executive Director of YSSA. "We never knew what was coming up next as the auction series progressed through the late fall and early winter months."

For more information on Ruger Auctions and Ruger products, visit their website at http://www.ruger.com/links/auction.html.


RSR GROUP, INC. SUPPORTS YOUTH SHOOTING SPORTS

The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) recently announced the receipt of a $10,000 donation from RSR Group, Inc. – the fourth such donation in the past four years.

"The contributions and support received from RSR Group, Inc. enables the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance to overcome many of the limiting factors to the growth of youth shooting sports programs nationwide that are attributable to equipment and supplies." said Steve Miller, YSSA Executive Director.

JoAnn Weisenford, President and CEO of RSR Group, Inc. states "It is a pleasure to continue our partnership with the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance in assisting youth programs to recruit and retain new hunters and shooters to enjoy America’s treasured shooting sports heritage."

As a national distributor of shooting sports merchandise, RSR Group, Inc. offers a diverse selection of products from some of the most renowned manufacturers in the industry. RSR Group, Inc. now makes it easier than ever for you to find what you need and order it quickly through their online catalog.

For more information on RSR Group, Inc., please visit their website at www.rsrgroup.com.


ELLETT BROTHERS HOSTS SILENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT YSSA

Continuing in its endeavors to cultivate and raise awareness in youth shooting sports, Ellett Brothers hosted their annual silent auction to benefit the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) at their 2015 Dealer Show in Columbia, SC. A number of firearms and other sporting accessories were offered in the auction that generated $ 25,000.

Thanks to the generous vendor donations and dealer participation, Ellett Brothers has raised over $196,000 since 2009 for the YSSA.

"The contributions and support received from the Ellett Brothers family has enabled the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance to overcome many of the limiting factors to the growth of youth shooting sports programs nationwide that are attributable to equipment and supplies. It's an absolute pleasure to partner with such a prestigious company that shares our passion for recruiting and retaining new shooters and hunters" said Steve Miller, YSSA Executive Director.

United Sporting Companies (USC) is a leading nationwide distributor of hunting, outdoor and marine products. The company operates through two subsidiaries, Ellett Brothers and Jerry's Sport Center which were founded in 1933 and 1949, respectively. USC distributes to all 50 states through facilities in Chapin, SC, Newberry, SC, Pittston, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Newington, CT, Dayton, OH, Spring Hill, KS, and Reno, NV. With the largest sales force in the industry, USC serves over 30,000 independent retail customers and maintains the largest product selection in the industry with over 85,000 SKUs.


2014 News

YSSA ANNOUNCES 2015 GRANT CYCLE SELECTIONS

The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) has announced the priority youth shooting sports programs selected for the 2015 grant cycle. The 112 youth shooting sports programs approved to be supported with equipment and supplies to address their respective limiting factors to growth can be viewed by clicking here.

The shooting sports industry receives numerous requests annually from youth and social organizations seeking financial and product support. As a service to the shooting sports industry, the YSSA provides guidance as to which of these programs should be considered as priority in having the greatest return on investment measured by projected program growth and participation.

The YSSA utilizes an annual National Youth Shooting Sports Program Needs Assessment to aid in identifying limitations to program growth attributed to the need for shooting sports equipment and supplies. Invitations to participate in this year’s Assessment were sent to National 4-H Shooting Sports State Coordinators; Boy Scout Councils; and other youth organizations that requested to be added to the invitation list for this year’s assessment

The YSSA reviewed proposals submitted in response to the invitation in the context of their contribution to the future market goals of the industry. These proposals were judged in the following categories:

Current and projected participation level
Diversity of shooting disciplines accommodated
Uniqueness of program
Probability of obtaining equipment needed to fulfill the request
Efficiency of use of donated product
Visibility and public relations value


YSSA ANNOUNCES 2015 GRANT PROGRAM

The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) is conducting its eighth National Youth Shooting Sports Program Needs Assessment this fall to identify youth shooting sports programs that are being limited in growth by their need for additional equipment and supplies. Youth program leaders are welcomed and encouraged to submit an application for YSSA support by September 24, 2014. Click here to complete the screen-fillable application.

The shooting sports industry receives numerous requests annually from youth and social organizations seeking financial and product support. As a service to the shooting sports industry, the YSSA provides guidance as to which of these programs should be considered as priority in having the greatest return on investment measured by projected program growth and participation.

A panel of select members of the shooting sports industry will review proposals submitted in response to this assessment and select the priority programs that best contribute to the future market goals of the industry. The proposals will be judged in the following categories:

  1. Current and projected participation level
  2. Diversity of shooting disciplines accommodated
  3. Uniqueness of program
  4. Probability of obtaining equipment needed to fulfill the request
  5. Efficiency of use of donated product
  6. Visibility and public relations value

The priority proposals identified by this panel will be announced in late October, 2014.

The YSSA has provided product support for over 350 priority youth shooting sports programs to date and has distributed over $1.1 million worth of equipment and supplies to address limitations to growth of these programs.


ELLETT BROTHERS DONATES A GATLING GUN TO YSSA

Ellett Brothers added a lot of firepower to their silent auction at their 2014 Shooting Dealer Show in Columbia, SC - a Colt Classic Remake 1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun Carriage Model. Continuing in its endeavors to cultivate and raise awareness in youth shooting sports, Ellett Brothers proudly hosts their annual silent auction to benefit the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA). The Gatling Gun and a number of firearms and other sporting accessories also offered in the auction generated $ 67,640.

Thanks to the generous vendor donations and dealer participation, Ellett Brothers has raised over $170,000 since 2009 for the YSSA.

“The contributions and support received from the Ellett Brothers family has enabled the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance to overcome many of the limiting factors to the growth of youth shooting sports programs nationwide that are attributable to equipment and supplies. It's an absolute pleasure to partner with such a prestigious company that shares our passion for recruiting and retaining new shooters and hunters” said Steve Miller, YSSA Executive Director.

This museum quality remake of the 1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun is fully operational and fires up to 800 rounds of .45-70 Government caliber cartridges per minute. The Gatling Gun is built to original size and features five fully brass encased direct drive barrels.

United Sporting Companies (USC) is a leading nationwide distributor of hunting, outdoor and marine products. The company operates through two subsidiaries, Ellett Brothers and Jerry's Sport Center which were founded in 1933 and 1949, respectively. USC distributes to all 50 states through facilities in Chapin, SC, Newberry, SC, Pittston, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Newington, CT, Dayton, OH, Spring Hill, KS, and Reno, NV. With the largest sales force in the industry, USC serves over 30,000 independent retail customers and maintains the largest product selection in the industry with over 85,000 SKUs.