The Tennessee Wildlife Federation and the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) are proud to announce a partnership for their respective programs: the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (Tennessee SCTP) and the National Scholastic Clay Target Program (National SCTP). This partnership will improve the experience for athletes and the administrative functions of coaches.
“Since 2001, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation has provided Tennessee youth with the premier shooting sports program in the state through the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program,” said Ashley Tone, Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program Manager. “As a former SCTP athlete from Tennessee, I am proud to be a part of the driving force behind promoting shooting sports in my home state and driving our program forward.”
Tennessee SCTP provides youth, ages 9 through college, the opportunity to participate in shotgun sports (trap, skeet, and sporting clay) with peers from across the state. The program is designed to teach the importance of safe firearms handling, responsibility, leadership, teamwork, and promoting healthy competition.
“All of us at the Tennessee Wildlife Federation see the positive impact this program has on so many athletes and their families, as well as increasing outdoor recreation and conservation in our state,” Tone said. “We are excited to strengthen and expand opportunities for our teams through a new partnership with National SCTP.”
Through this partnership:
- Tennessee SCTP will utilize SSSF’s robust scoring and recording system, SHOT, for all team registrations and competitions.
- National SCTP will provide liability insurance for all teams participating in Tennessee SCTP events.
- All Tennessee SCTP teams will become members of the National SCTP, providing additional opportunities for scholarships, academic recognition, ammunition purchasing opportunities, and more.
- Tennessee SCTP will continue to manage all teams, athletes, coaches, and events in the state of Tennessee.
“Partnering with the Tennessee Wildlife Federation is a win-win,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director and Co-Chairman of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. “Having the Tennessee Wildlife Federation promote and support the national programs agenda will ensure all the benefits contained in the established MOU and assist high school graduates with college placement at no cost to them! they! We care about opportunity and with this MOU, all Tennessee athletes will have the same benefits as athletes across the country because of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s willingness to provide its Tennessee athletes with the best support they can.”
The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) has been hosting shotgun shooting events for students in fourth grade through college since its creation in 2001 by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. SCTP hosts some of the biggest shooting events in the world, including the SCTP National Championship. This year it will reach record numbers with more than 3,500 athletes, 9,000 registrations and around 2 million clay targets to throw, marking another milestone in junior clay target shooting.
With over 1,600 athletes participating annually and over 55 gold medals won at the SCTP National Championships, Tennessee SCTP is one of the largest and most successful programs in the country. Several Tennessee SCTP athletes and coaches have been selected to Junior Olympic Development Camps, earned spots on Team USA, won collegiate national championships, All-American recognition, and other national/world titles. The show has been covered in over 30 national magazines and 10 nationally broadcast television shows. To participate in Tennessee SCTP, visit younwf.org/explore.
About the Tennessee Wildlife Federation
The Tennessee Wildlife Federation leads the conservation, wise management and wise use of Tennessee’s great outdoors. Since 1946, the Federation has spearheaded the development of the state’s wildlife policy, promoted landmark air and water quality legislation and other conservation initiatives, helped restore numerous species, and introduced thousands of children to the outdoors. For more information, visit tnwf.org.
About the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) in the United States. The SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills.
Provide and enhance opportunities for personal growth and development for student-athlete members; become the leading authority on all things firearms related activities for youth; pass on to future generations the legacy of lifelong, safe and responsible enjoyment of shooting sports. This includes serving as the primary feed for organized and sanctioned shooting teams and organizations such as USA SHOOTING, TEAM USA, and the NGBs (NSSA, NSCA, ATA).