Fairfax, Va. - The NRA Foundation and USA Shooting are proud to announce a new partnership that will help remedy an unexpected and critical shotgun ammunition shortage facing the USA Shooting Team. Athletes training and competing in the International Skeet and Trap events use a specific international shotshell which is difficult to obtain under normal circumstances. Acquiring the specific shotshell has been even more challenging with the existing ammo shortage – ammo that’s desperately needed for the team’s continued success on the national and international stage.
To that end, The NRA Foundation Board of Trustees approved a $252,000 grant for USA Shooting to be used exclusively for the purchase of ammunition that will be used by the National Team, National Development Team, and National Junior Team.
“For decades The NRA Foundation has provided essential funding to benefit the shooting sports,” said Tyler Schropp, Executive Director of The NRA Foundation. “When we were approached with this opportunity, it just made sense. Thanks to our generous and committed donors, we are able to fulfill this urgent need of America’s aspiring Olympians.”
USA Shooting athletes won a total of six medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with four captured in Olympic shotgun events - Skeet (2 gold), Trap (silver) and Mixed Team Trap (bronze). This grant will provide the shotgun team with critical resources needed to continue their winning momentum in preparation for the 2022 World Championships and beyond.
“The last three years have posed tremendous challenges to our sport in the form of event cancellations, the postponement of the Olympics, and severe supply chain constraints on ammunition,” said Buddy DuVall, USA Shooting Chief Marketing Officer. “We are thrilled to be partnering with The NRA Foundation to provide the very best training and competition ammunition to the shotgun team that has won 30 medals this year in World Cup competitions.”
“We look forward to partnering with The NRA Foundation in the future on the shared goal of growing the shooting sports and putting American shooting athletes on the Olympic podium” said DuVall.
About the NRA Foundation
Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. (“NRA Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. Funds granted by The NRA Foundation benefit a variety of constituencies throughout the United States including youth, women, individuals with physical disabilities, gun collectors, law enforcement officers, hunters and competitive shooters.
About USA Shooting
USA Shooting, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation was chartered by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the Olympic Shooting Sports in April 1995. The organization develops and implements programs to promote growth in the sport and serves as a sanctioning body for local and national competitions. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, USA Shooting has a full-time staff dedicated to our sport.