These are the newest members of the Red Dawn Raiders Junior Marksmanship Team, part of our growing Brazoria/Ft. Bend TX Chapter! Co-Facilitator Cathi Bray leads young shooters in the Scholastic Pistol Program, a team-based sport for students aged elementary through college.
The Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) creates a supportive environment where shooting sports serve as catalysts for teaching life lessons and skills that emphasize positive character traits and citizenship values. Throughout all training, practice and competitions, we continue to instill in our participants a commitment to safe firearm handling, teamwork and leadership.
Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) proudly introduces school-aged young people to the many advantages and opportunities offered through team-based shooting sports, encouraging, facilitating and fostering their participation. Our positive and supportive Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) assist young people in their continued growth and development as they grow into productive and contributing members of society.
Trina Spells of the AG & AG Houston Chapter is in the beginning stages of coordinating this program. She says, “The intention of the Scholastic Pistol Program is to bring the same level of safety, fun, and social camaraderie to our youth as AG&AG represents, but also adding a level of competitive shooting which can possibly earn them some scholarship monies or a chance to compete on a larger scale – maybe even the Olympics!”
She explains that there are currently there are six different Youth Programs: – Boy Scouts of America Council Grant Program – AIM (Academic, Integrity, Marksmanship) – Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative – National 4-H Shooting Sports – Scholastic Clay Target Program – Scholastic Steel Challenge
The SPP is similar to a shooting Little League because you create your team of children led by a parent-coach volunteer. If you are interested in starting a team, AG & AG has information that can help. Learn more at sssfonline.com or contact your chapter facilitator to start a program in your community.