NRA grants thousands to Chisholm sport shooting teams

Members of Chisholm Middle School's trap shooting team pose after winning the 2019 junior division competition. (Photo provided)

NORTH ENID, Okla. — National Rifle Association has awarded a $3,370 grant to Chisholm Public School's shooting sports program.

Chisholm Superintendent Roydon Tilley said the district is "extremely appreciative" of the NRA Foundation and the grant funding.

"This award assures that the students will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses during the shooting season," Tilley said.

With the funding, the middle school and high school trap shooting teams will be provided clay targets, 6,250 12-gauge shotgun shells, 4,750 20-gauge shells and five boxes of tracker shells, according to Tilley. Shooting glasses and foam ear plugs also were provided by the grant.

Both the middle and high school teams won regionals in March and advanced to the state competition in April, he said. The middle school team won at state, as it has three of the past four years, Tilley said. The high school finished in fourth place.

Tilley also expressed thanks for other supporters of Chisholm's shooting sports programs, including MidwayUSA, a shooting and hunting supply retailer with which the school district has a nearly $100,000 endowment, and also Grand National Quail Foundation.

"They provided our program with a $1,200 grant which was extremely beneficial with purchasing rounds of trap at the gun club so our students could practice," Tilley said of Grand National Quail Foundation.

He described the MidwayUSA endowment as "instrumental to our success" with the shooting programs.

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Willetts is education reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached at mwilletts@enidnews.com.

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