USA Shooting Set to Host First National Sporting Clay Cup

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (January 9, 2014)

In partnership with Houston’s American Shooting Centers and Fayez Sarofim & Co., the USA Shooting Team is hosting the first National Sporting Clay Cup, July 11-12, 2014. With Rio in Sight, USA Shooting is establishing a biannual fundraiser using the very popular shotgun discipline of sporting clays as the draw to lure shooting sport enthusiasts to support the USA Shooting Team as they head toward the 2014 World Championships and the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Houston native and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller will be the center of attention along with several of his USA Shooting teammates from all three of the sport’s disciplines including rifle, pistol and shotgun.  USA Shooting athletes will participate in the event as competitors while also providing demonstrations of their craft.  Eller is coming off a spectacular season in which he became the World Champion in Double Trap for the second time in his career while becoming just the fourth American in the sport of shotgun to win four or more World Championship medals.  This season’s performance, his best since winning a gold medal in Beijing, earned him USA Shooting Athlete of the Year honors.

The event begins with a Major Benefactors dinner on July 10 taking place at the Palm Restaurant.  Sporting Clay action kicks-off the next day with a 50-team competition available to the event’s biggest contributors.  The main event will take place July 12 and is limited to 200 teams. 

The event hopes to improve upon a 2012 USA Shooting Team fundraiser prior to the London Olympic Games that helped provide more than $100,000 in funding to the organization. The funds raised helped pay for an important team training camp in Copenhagen, Denmark, just prior to the start of the Games.  The event helped boost team morale and focus as the team went on to earn four medals in London, including three gold.  That fundraiser was organized by USA Shooting Team Leader Dwayne Weger and USA Shooting National Team Member Haley Dunn and included the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.

 “Just over two years remain before our USA Shooting Team heads to Rio to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games and now is the time to start rallying around our team,” said event organizer and USA Shooting Board Member Butch Eller.  “It is our intent to raise the profile of the athletes who represent America and serve as great ambassadors for the shooting sports in their everyday pursuits.  The success of this fundraiser will help provide our team with the training and support they need to reach their potential in the future.  Once again we are grateful for Fayez Sarofim & Co. agreeing to be the lead sponsor for this event.”

Sporting Clays is a challenging clay target game designed to simulate field shooting. On a Sporting Clays course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of game birds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other quartering shots.  Courses are laid out in natural surroundings and typically include 10 to 12 shooting "stations" with shooters moving from one station to the next to complete the course.  Today, sporting clays is one of the fastest growing sports in America, with more than three million people of all ages participating both competitively and recreationally.  The inaugural Professional Sporting Clays Tour will begin in the Spring of 2014.

Conveniently located on 563 acres in George Bush Park, American Shooting Centers has been a recreational shooter’s paradise since 1989. The facility features a Rifle & Pistol Range with over 100 positions, a Trap & Skeet Range and four championship Sporting Clays courses.  Charity and corporate clay events of 800 or more shooters are regularly held on the Sporting Clays courses.

To enter a team into the National Sporting Clay Cup, click here.  For more information, contact Butch Eller at the American Shooting Centers at (713) 556-8199, ext. 213 or by cell at (713) 206-1300.

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