October 2020 Leadership Letter

Dear USA Shooting members, 

Last month, I mentioned ongoing progress in our community of competitive shooting. As you read this letter, I’ll be finishing up a trip to Hillsdale College where work continues on the construction of the world class ranges that make up the John Anthony Halter Shooting Sport Education Center. Our Olympic shotgun athletes, Maddie Bernau, Vince Hancock, and Derrick Mein were on hand filming promotional footage for the center with National Shotgun Coach Jay Waldron, while and National Rifle Coach Dan Durben and I consulted with Halter Center Range Master Bart Speith on the plans for a rifle and pistol range. Hillsdale College is ahead of schedule on the creation of this epic new destination for our sport, and I look forward to partnering with them in this and other endeavors. 

I hope you all saw the Winter Airgun (WAG) registration announcement. Registrations are filling up fast so please register as soon as possible. While we still have many challenges to overcome, continuing to host competitions is a step in the right direction, and I’d like to thank the CMP for partnering with USA Shooting to make this match possible. Like many of you, I began my shooting career participating in CMP programs, and I’m thrilled to be associated with them again. 

Shotgun Fun-Nationals was the catalyst for re-opening and hosting competitions starting in September. We rolled right into October with our 10.9 Virtual Match that had over 125 participants. Last month’s membership spotlight and National Junior Team Member, Katie Zaun took home the Grand Champion Title in Rifle. Even scoring a 10.9 on her last shot. Congratulations to other Grand Champions including: Para Pistol- Ronn Carr, Para Rifle- Taylor Farmer, Pistol- Nick Mowrer, Junior Pistol- Ada Korkhin, and Junior Rifle- Scott Rockett. Thank you to everyone who participated in this fun match. 

Stay tuned for more USA Shooting Event and Competition News. In the meantime, check out the links in this month’s newsletter: 
-Get to know Olympic Team Members Amber English and Keith Sanderson. 
-Read October Press Releases from USAS, including Junior Olympic and Winter Airgun News 
-Click on other articles that mention USAS and our athletes in the news 
-Read about CMP in this month's organization spotlight
-Learn more about LIG Solutions, our October member benefit
-See what we’re reading, watching, and listening to this month as it relates to USAS 

Please continue to let us know if you would like to nominate a fellow USA Shooting member for our monthly member profile. We have a great community with many inspiring stories, so help us get their stories out there. Looking forward to meeting those of you in-person at Winter Airgun in December.  

Matt Suggs 
Chief Executive Officer