Today's young people have countless extracurricular activities available to them. Leading the ranks as one of the fastest-growing youth sports in the country-across all flyways-is competitive shooting.
Businesses such as MidwayUSA are committed to supporting the pursuits of these young shooters. Since 2007, the MidwayUSA Foundation has helped many youth shooting teams and clubs purchase ammunition, uniforms, equipment, and travel through the Foundation's Team Endowment Account Program.
In 2012, Ducks Unlimited was fortunate to partner with the Foundation on the new Adopt-A-Team program. This program allows participating DU chapters to host events that raise funds for both DU's conservation mission and a youth shooting team or club of the chapter's choice. In its first year, the program produced 12 new Adopt-A-Team events, and it has continued to grow at a rate of 13 events per year.
To participate in the program, DU chapters work with their respective regional directors to set up an Adopt-A-Team event. They then partner with a youth shooting team or club to sell tickets for a chance to win a specially selected firearm (currently a SKB 28-gauge side-by-side). Participating chapters strive to sell a minimum of 250 tickets at $20 apiece, or $5,000 in total sales. Each chapter will receive full credit for its fundraising efforts, though proceeds remitted to the MidwayUSA Foundation will be equally divided between DU and the endowment account established for the chosen youth shooting team.
The MidwayUSA Foundation will offer a 100 percent match of all funds deposited into the beneficiary team's endowment account until November 30 of the current calendar year.
Beneficiary teams can request a grant of 5 percent of their total endowment account balance each year. Only shooting programs registered with the MidwayUSA Foundation are eligible to participate. New teams can be registered online at www.MidwayUSAFoundation.org.
The Adopt-A-Team program provides DU chapters with the opportunity to support not only the youth shooting teams in their communities but also waterfowl. Additionally, it serves as a powerful tool to develop relationships with prospective DU members and volunteers.
For more information on the Adopt-A-Team program, contact DU Manager of Youth and Education Programs Mark Horobetz at firstname.lastname@example.org.