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WSU Shocker Shooting Sports Team Supports Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Wichita, KS, September 9, 2014.  In conjunction with the Shocker Fall Classic, held September 6-7 at the Ark Valley Gun Club and Shady Creek Sporting Clays, the Wichita State University Shooting Sports Team raised funds that were donated to Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc. in support of their efforts to get more children outdoors hunting, fishing and shooting.

“Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors is currently working in several states to implement Outdoor Mentoring Partnerships that provide more opportunities for kids to learn to hunt, shoot and fish,” stated Mike Christensen, Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors President. “With our emphasis on reaching children with no connection to the outdoors, it is critical to our efforts that we get support from everyone in the outdoors to help make this happen.  We have had some of the WSU Shooting Sports Team volunteer on some of our events and look forward to spending time at the range with them in the future!”

Tom Binyon, WSU Shooting Sports Team Head Coach, said, “There is a common thread that binds WSU, the WSU Shooting Sports Team and the kids at Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors.  First and foremost, it’s all about getting a quality education.  If the shooting sports program at Wichita State can serve as a catalyst for just one young person deciding to attend college that otherwise might have chosen another path, then it is all worthwhile.  The WSU student-athletes serve as role models to the kids in the Pass It On program.  Our financial contribution, along with our commitment to continue to partner with Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, will hopefully make a meaningful difference in the lives of the young people in Mike’s program.”

“We are very pleased with our association with Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors. They not only were a perfect fit for what we were looking for as a beneficiary of the charity goal for our event, but they, along with Mike Christensen, added tremendously to our entire event and the WSU Shooting Sports Team,” said Larry Richardson, WSU Shooting Sports Team Faculty Advisor.

The Crazy Quail game was set up at both venues and the proceeds were designated to go to Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc.  In addition, a drawing was held for a TriStar Sporting Arms Viper G2 shotgun, signed by Patrick Flanigan.  The proceeds from that drawing were split between the WSU Shooting Sports Team and Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc.

Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors partners with state fish and wildlife agencies, conservation organizations and youth organizations to give at-risk children outdoor opportunities they would not have had otherwise.  “Too many children today never get the chance to experience the great outdoors we all know and love.  When you hear a youngster say they’ve never seen a cow or been on a dirt road, you know we have to step up our efforts to get these children outdoors,” stated Christensen.

About Wichita State University Shooting Sports Team

The Shocker Shooting Sports program was created to provide WSU students with the opportunity to participate at a recreational, or “Club” level, or as a member of the Shooting Sports Team.  Students are expected to furnish their own guns, provided they meet the safety and operational standards as put forth by the ATA, NSSA, NSCA, ISSF, and USA Shooting, the national governing bodies of the respective shooting sports disciplines.  If a student does not have the appropriate gun, a club gun will be made available at practice until the student makes arrangements to purchase their own gun. For more information about the WSU Shooting Sports Team, please visit http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/home/?u=shootingsportsteam.

About Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors

Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, Inc. is a Wichita, Kansas-based national organization dedicated to providing children with mentors who will share with them the experiences of traditional outdoor activities. The heart of the group's mission is to give children opportunities to connect with nature that they more than likely won't have without a mentor showing them the way. Partnering with organizations with like-minded conservation and youth participation efforts like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pheasants Forever, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation, among others, volunteers with a passion for the outdoors can give a child the chance to go fish, hunt, or simply spend time in the fields with a caring adult. For more information about Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors, please visit http://www.outdoormentors.org.

 

 

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