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Organization Formed to Involve Youth in Shooting Sports

YSSAFrom Youth Shooting Sports Alliance 

-- Several hunting and shooting industry executives recently joined forces to create the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA). The YSSA was created to facilitate fund raising and create grants that help keep the industry active in the involvement in all youth shooting sports. The Board Members of the YSSA were all former board members of the 4-H Shooting Sports Foundation, which has been dissolved.

"The creation of the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance allows the industry a greater flexibility to reach and retain more youth and get them involved in the shooting sports" said David Baron, president of Baron Technology. Baron accepted the nomination as president of the newly formed YSSA at the first meeting hosted by Leupold & Stevens in Beaverton, Ore.

Also accepting nominations from the board included Cyndi Flannigan, sales manager, Leupold & Stevens, YSSA vice president. Curt Borcherding, CFO/VP finance and administration, Boyt Harness Company, YSSA treasurer and Beth Olson, sales manager, Bill Hicks & Co., YSSA secretary.

The remainder of YSSA board include: Margaret Hornady, vice president, Hornady Manufacturing; Doug Painter, president, NSSF; Patrick McDonald, vice president sales & marketing, Beretta USA; John Anton, president, GATCO; Ron Coburn, chairman and CEO, Savage Arms Corp.; Jay Scholes, president, Outtech, Inc.; and Joe Murfin, vice president of marketing, Daisy Outdoor Products.

YSSA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to identify and support the needs of successful and safe youth programs that create measurable improvements in youth participation in the shooting sports.

The YSSA Board of Directors have adopted the following vision statement; An independent alliance that provides leadership, guidance and funding support which coordinates the shooting sports industry and existing programs to ensure the safe, responsible and positive exposure to youth and families to retain and grow their involvement in all shooting sports.

Youth groups interested in learning more about the grant programs of the YSSA or industry partners interested in becoming involved in the YSSA should contact Steve Miller, YSSA executive director, at (703) 743-2308 or

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