August 2020 Leadership Letter

Dear USA Shooting members,  

In last month’s letter I mentioned emerging from the COVID induced hiatus. While we still have many challenges to overcome, I am proud to write that we are making progress both externally and internally 

Like Fun-Nationals and Colorado State Shotgun Junior Olympics which wrapped up over the weekend here in Colorado Springs. The event welcomed over 115 athletes over the two weeks including Tokyo 2021 Olympic Team Members and Alternates. I had the opportunity to score for the senior men’s final which went to a knockout shoot off between winner Scott Miller and second place Steve Loschen! The real excitement was found in our junior athletes who were seen teaming up with the USAMU team members and our open competitors and truly left the weekend as friends.  

Progress can also be found in our other disciplines where most of our National Team Members are back training at the USOPTC and putting up incredible scores in practice. Lexi Lagan scored an outstanding 299/300 in the first half of a practice pistol sport-rapid match and Lucas Kozeniesky shot a 632.5 record day in Air Rifle which is only one point off the world record, just in the last week!  

We’re making efforts in other areas too like our communication with our membership. You’ll notice this month’s newsletter is a little different. We hope it brings you more information, more tangible resources and continues to grow our shooting community.  

Here are a few highlights in this month’s newsletter:  

  1. Get to know Olympic Team Members Mary Tucker and Brian Burrows. 
  2. Read September Press Releases from USAS 
  3. Read National Junior Rifle Team Member Katie Zaun’s membership interview  
  4. Click on other articles that mention USAS and our athletes in the news 
  5. Consider shopping on our online store-as a member you will receive 15% off orders over $50 
  6. 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. 

Matt Suggs 
Chief Executive Officer