Just before Christmas, NRA was thrilled to learn that Henry Repeating Arms was donating 150 rifles for use in youth training activities.
Training young people in the safe, responsible use of firearms has been at the heart of NRA’s mission since 1903, when a formal effort was launched to establish rifle clubs in America’s major colleges and universities. The effort has grown dramatically over the years, both because of public demand and in response to escalating threats to our firearms freedoms.
Today, NRA Youth Programs staff provide a wide variety of services in shooting sports for groups like the Boy Scouts, 4-H, National FFA, JROTC, The American Legion, as well as thousands of shooting clubs nationwide. These services may include instructor training, grant funding, program development, training materials, record keeping, promotion, awards, etc.
Tens of thousands of kids are introduced to shooting annually through these programs, conducted or supported by NRA. The rifles generously donated by Henry will be used in these venues, as well as in some women’s programs like the Women’s Wilderness escape, and instructor training for major groups like the Boy Scouts, 4-H and the National High School Rodeo Association – all of which conduct youth shooting education programs.
“Exposing young people to firearms training is the single most critical endeavor to ensuring the future of the shooting sports in America. Making sure our participants and instructor candidates have quality-built firearms is critically important to these programs,” said Larry Quandahl, Manager of NRA’s Youth Programs Department. “We are very grateful to Henry for their continued generosity. Their support contributes greatly to the growth of the shooting sports.”
“Henry Repeating Arms will continue to support youth shooting sports programs to the best of our ability. We are proud to be affiliated with NRA Youth programs and other outstanding youth shooting sports programs such as the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, National 4-H, Boy Scouts of America, International Hunters Education Association and the many wildlife organizations that also promote youth shooting activities” – Anthony Imperato