By Casey Curtis/UAHT Communications Coordinator
Haskell Morse, Hempstead County Judge and Vice-chairman of the Piney Woods Friends of the NRA Chapter #AR28; Anna Powell, Executive Director of the UAHT Foundation; Casey Curtis, UAHT Communications Coordinator and Shooting Club Sponsor; and Brandon Stewart, Chairman of the Piney Woods Friends of the NRA Chapter #AR28.

The NRA Foundation has awarded the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Iron Horse Shooting Sports Club a $3,000 grant. The grant will be used to fund the team’s registration fees in the Arkansas State Championship Shoot this spring and to support the Pulling for Education Trap Shoot. “We are very excited to be able to help our local college’s shooting club and the Pulling for Education Trap Shoot,” said Brandon Stewart, Chairman of the Piney Woods Friends of the NRA Chapter #AR28.

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearms education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement, and the military.

The NRA’s interest in promoting the shooting sports among America’s youth began in 1903 when NRA Secretary Albert S. Jones urged the establishment of rifle clubs at all major colleges, universities and military academies. By 1906, NRA’s youth program was in full swing with more than 200 boys competing in matches at Sea Girt that summer. Today, youth programs are still a cornerstone of the NRA, with more than one million youth participating in NRA shooting sports events and affiliated programs with groups such as 4-H, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Legion, Royal Rangers, National High School Rodeo Association and others.

“The UAHT Foundation is grateful for the support of our local NRA Chapter,” said Anna Powell, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Without this local support, many of our students would not have the opportunity to participate in shooting sports. This grant also helps provide many students with the ability to continue their education because it supports the College’s Pulling for Education Trap Shoot which provides student scholarships.”

Friends of the NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement to organize and, with help from NRA field staff, plan community events for firearms enthusiasts. All net proceeds from Friends of NRA events are allocated to The NRA Foundation, the leading charitable organization in support of shooting sports. Through NRA Foundation grants for equipment, training materials, range improvements, and more, qualified local, state, and national programs receive aid to involve and inspire a new generation of competitive shooters.

For more information about the Piney Woods Friends of the NRA Chapter #AR28, call 870-331-9975.

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