3/20/2014 11:22:00 AM CFHS clay target team gears up with community support
All of the 26 members of the Cannon Falls High School Clay Target Team attended a range field day, gun inspection and safety meeting this past Sunday, March 16 at the Wanamingo Gun Club, reports Jack Schlichting, who along with Gregg Twedt is helping lead a group getting the first-year program off the ground this spring.
All practices and competitions will be at the Wanamingo Gun Club. The Wanamingo Gun Club had been very welcoming to the team and excited about getting the youth involved in trap shooting, said Schlichting.
The state league stresses student safety first, the league has zero accidents since forming in 2001.
This is the safest, fastest growing sport in Minnesota Schools, with 5,000 kids across the state participating at over 170 schools, said Schlichting. Check out (mnclaytarget.com) for more info.
Each student paid a fee of $250 to participate. That covered their league registration, ammunition cost, range fee and clay target cost. The team needs to raise money to cover uniform cost. The students do not pay an athletic fee to the school, and the 15 coaches are all unpaid volunteers. Other than front office administrative time, this team will not cost the school any additional money.
Local businesses and game organizations have been extremely supportive. The team has received significant cash gifts from Midway USA Foundation, Banks Outdoors, Rhinos Archery and the National Wild Turkey Federation to help cover the cost of team uniforms. Robinson Labs gave all the team members hats. The Sunrise Gobblers and the Mississippi Long Tail Chapter of Pheasants Forever are helping with fundraising raffles and youth education.
School Superintendent Beth Giese reported, "Studies show students involved in extracurricular activity get better grades and have less discipline problems." For over half of the team members of the Cannon Falls High School Clay Target Team, this will be the very first extracurricular activity they have participated in their high school and middle school career.
The team competes in a traditional trap competition. The league lasts ten weeks, with five competitive events. All teammates can go to the state championship the first weekend in June in Alexandria, MN.
Midway USA donated a Browning Silver Sport 12 Gauge Rifle and a large quantity of Browning fixed blade hunting knives. The team will sell 300 raffle tickets at $20 a ticket. 97 tickets will win a prize. $6,000 will go toward the team fund.
Please contact Gregg Twedt at 507-210-1885 or Jack Schlichting at 612-325-5528 if you would like to help support this team.