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March 11, 2011

General Assembly recognizes Kershaw County high school for shooting sports

The South Carolina General Assembly recently recognized North Central High School in Kershaw County as the first public school in the state to form a clay target shooting team. State Rep. Laurie Funderburk (D-Dist. 52) recognized the efforts of Coach George Morrow and the North Central High School Clay Target Team on March 3 with a framed resolution presented in the well of the House. Rep. Funderburk was joined in the presentation by Senator Vincent Sheheen (D-Dist. 27); Rep. Jay Lucas (R-Dist.65); Rep. Mike Pitts (R-Dist. 14), President of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucus; and Rep. Brian White (R-Dist.6), Chairman of the SC House Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Rep. Funderburk, who is the elected Vice-Chairman of the SC House Sportsmen’s Caucus, said, "To perform with skill and accuracy, shooting sports require hard work, self-discipline, precision, and teamwork. They also nurture love of the outdoors. We are proud of these young athletes and for their pioneering leadership in high school sports."

There are currently thirty-four teams in the South Carolina Youth Shooting Foundation (SCYSF). The nonprofit foundation was formed to promote shooting sports in the Palmetto State as well as the Scholastic Clay Target Program. In 2010, 1306 students participated in eight shooting events held across the state by SCYSF. At the first shooting event held in 2011 at Live Oak Sporting Clays in
Swansea, 283 students shot 39,620 shells at clay targets.

The teams were initially formed from gun clubs, 4-H clubs and private schools. North Central High School was the first public school to form a high school shooting team. Following the organization of North Central’s team in 2010, several other public high schools from across the state started shooting teams in 2011. The National Shooting Sports Scholastic Clay Target Program was implemented in South Carolina in January 2006. The program promotes all three regimens of clay target shooting: Sporting Clays, Trap, and Skeet. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has assisted the growing program by off-setting costs for shot shells and targets, as well as providing training for coaches and students in firearms safety and hunter education. Funding for this effort is provided through Federal Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) Funds.

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