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Colonel D.D. Behrens Athlete Endowment

 

2021 Athlete Endowment Application is now live!

 

2021 Colonel D.D. Behrens Athlete Endowment Grant Application is now available!  PDF | Word

 

 In 2005 the Athlete Endowment Fund was established by Colonel D.D. Behrens with the intention of awarding grants to shooting sport athletes to help offset the cost of competitions, equipment, ammunition, travel and training in hopes of maintaining USA Shooting’s competitive excellence well into the future. The goal of the endowment is to build a strong foundation of USA Shooting athletes by assisting with development of their shooting skills needed to become high-level competitors and Olympians. 

In 2015, eighteen athletes were the first grant recipients from the endowment. Since then, the number of athletes receiving grants has doubled. As the endowment continues to grow with the help of generous donors, the number of athletes impacted will continue to rise. 

The goals of the Athlete Endowment are already being realized with several success stories from awardees. Including 2016 Olympic champion Ginny Thrasher, and 2020 Olympians Will Shaner, Mary Tucker, Austen Smith, Ali Weisz, and Maddy Bernau. 

Recognizing the need for USA Shooting to build its own base of financial support, Col. D.D. Behrens started fundraising within a small inner circle of hunting buddies which has now blossomed into a very loyal and dedicated group. The Bunker Club was established at a time when USAS was in a tight financial position. There was an immediate need to replace the bunker trap machines at the International Shotgun Range in Colorado Springs. The Bunker Club members successfully raised $200,000 to complete the project. 

After the initial fundraising task was completed, Bunker Club members then decided to make a long-term commitment to USA Shooting athletes. They set forth to establish an endowment of $3 million which, to date, has successfully raised over $2.7 million. Their continued support of athletes is amazing, and we are forever grateful. 

To build on this level of achievement, USA Shooting must create a strong base of financial support to ensure that our athletes can not only compete successfully in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also to build an athlete base and opportunity for young shooters to achieve success into the future.

Application criteria are as follows:

The Athlete Endowment will award athletes with grants to help cover training, competition expenses, equipment, ammunition, and travel.  Payments will be made for eligible expenses on a reimbursement by receipt basis during same calendar year as awarded grant.

Our sincere appreciation is extended to the Bunker Club for making this grant program possible.

 

 The Athlete Endowment will award athletes with grants to help cover training, competition expenses, equipment, ammunition, and travel. Payments will be made for eligible expenses on a reimbursement by receipt basis during same calendar year as awarded grant. 

 

The application criteria are as follows: 

  • Demonstrated potential in both skill and commitment are required. 
  • Applicant must be a USA Shooting member.
  • Members of the Junior Olympic Squad (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun) may apply for grants. 
  • Members of the USA Shooting Team who are already receiving financial assistance are not eligible for endowment grants. 

 

Instructions: 

  • The grant application will be accepted in two phases:
  • First phase applications need to be submitted no later than April 30, 2021 
  • Second phrase applications should be submitted by July 15, 2021 (Those who do not receive a grant in the first phase will be automatically added to the candidate pool for the second phase) 
  • Please include an athlete headshot with your application. 
  • Any 2020 applicants do not need to resubmit a full application. Instead, please send updated scores from the time you applied. 
  • Please save your application as a PDF and titled Athlete Endowment Grant Application – Last Name, First Name 
  • Send applications via email to media@usashooting.org (If you have any questions, please email media@usashooting.org

 

 

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