Nearly 50 youth experienced the excitement of the shooting sports firsthand on Sunday, April 25 during the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) Get Youth Outdoors Day at One in One Hundred Gun Club in Lumberton, Texas.
A cooperative effort between the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and national conservation partner Provost Umphrey Law Firm, the free community event followed on the heels of the USA’s Inaugural Provost Umphrey Texas State Sporting Clays Shoot the day prior.
USA staff along with volunteers from Provost Umphrey Law Firm, Roofers International, Electrical Workers Local 479, and the Jefferson County 4H provided participants with firearms safety instruction and assisted them with shooting bows and sporting clays.
“The Get Youth Outdoors Day was a great event and the best day of my year,” said Joe Fisher, managing partner of Provost Umprhey Law Firm. “Getting to see those kids learn a new outdoor skill was a fun experience, and we can’t wait to do this event again.”
All supplies were provided at no charge, and each child received a goody bag containing free gifts from Provost and Umprhey. Youths and their families also enjoyed a free lunch, and participants were entered in drawings for a variety of hunting gear—including Ameristeps, Plano, and Tenzing products—provided by Plano Synergy. The most coveted prizes of the event were two youth bows, a rifle, a lifetime hunting license, and guided hog and whitetail hunts on a private ranch including travel on a private jet, donated by Fisher.
“The kids’ smiles were contagious when their arrows hit the targets and the clays busted,” said USA Conservation Programs Manager Sam Phipps, “and their excitement at winning gear and trips was evident as they screamed, jumped, and gave high-fives when their tickets were drawn. This was a new experience for most of the youth, but the confidence they gained with the help of dedicated volunteers and the gear they won inspired many to continue pursuing the shooting sports.”
The event was part of a series of free, community-based youth outreach activities organized under Work Boots on the Ground—the USA’s flagship conservation program supported by national conservation partners Provost and Umphrey Law Firm, UIG, ULLICO, Bank of Labor, Plano Synergy, Carhartt, Humana, and Thorogood.
“Our outdoor heritage and conservation future depends on recruiting new participants. These types of hands-on, interactive events inspire love, respect, and a sense of responsibility for the outdoors, hunting, shooting, and angling,” said USA CEO & Executive Director Scott Vance, who was on hand mentoring youth. “We are proud to provide opportunities for young people and their families to experience these rewarding experiences and confidently pursue them in the future.”