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Behind the Scenes


NJOSC Prospers On Shoulders of Volunteers


“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill


The strength of any success- ful National Governing Body or any non-profi t organization for that matter is directly propor- tionate to the strength of its vol- unteers. USA Shooting prospers and thrives as the result of the arduous work done by their vol-


eager to provide youth shooters the best conditions possible as they step onto the national stage, some for the fi rst time and others as a stepping stone to bigger and better. Often times, their experiences with our sport are shaped by the way in which


to make a difference.” The NJOSC for rifl e and pistol spans three weeks and requires over 30 volunteers to ensure it runs effectively and smoothly. Long-time Chief Range Offi cer Earl Litherland (St. Francisville, La.) has been present for every single one of


leaving this match, I’ve watched them for eight years.


Year after


year you’re watching a whole new crop of shooters come through, so it makes it kind of exciting. Hopefully I’m going to be doing this for many years – I haven’t gotten burned out yet and I en- joy it!”


Distinguished NCAA Rifl e


“I like to keep actively engaged and keep the mind engaged. I enjoy the kids; I enjoy the parents; and I don’t have to take them home! But really, it’s just fun to see these kids suc- ceed. If it wasn’t enjoyable, I wouldn’t do it. “


NJOSC volunteer Gail Shetler


them. Like


s o man y of USA Shoot-


unteer base year after year. Working daylight to dark


these volunteers toil in relative obscurity to help ensure the success and ultimate survival of the competitive shooting sports. Without them, there are no Ju- nior Olympic Shooting Champi- onships, Olympic Trials, National Championships or World Cup events in our sport.


Attributing success to the annual Junior Olympic competi- tion begins and ends with the commitment of a strong volun- teer base.


Volunteers that are


they’re treated by the staff and volunteers. “We are extremely grate- ful for a passionate, loyal and hardworking volunteer base that helps bring USA Shooting events to the masses,” said Pete Car- son, USA Shooting’s Director of Events. “The attitude and dedi- cation they bring to every event creates an environment that promotes healthy competition under the safest and strictest of guidelines. We are what we are as an organization because all of them care so deeply about trying


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ing’s supporters, Litherland’s vol- unteer roots began as a parent of a competitive rifl e shooter as he was looking for a way to keep himself busy during matches. Eight-plus years later and work- ing too many matches to count, Litherland’s passion remains true.


“Working the big matches,


it’s an honor to work with inter- national shooters and I’ve met friends from all over the world,” Litherland notes.


“I enjoy the


Junior Olympics most of all. Watching the kids that are soon


coach Newt Engle (Mogadore, Ohio) takes a two-week vacation to volunteer 12-hour days look- ing after the well-being of kids and the sport he adores. “It’s the excitement of the Ju- nior Olympics, you can see the sparkle in their eyes, and think ‘I could be the next Olympian,’” said Engle, who has guided the Akron Zips rifl e program for the past 35 years. “I wish I could re- member what year it was, there was this 13-or 14-year old girl and I was running equipment check downstairs and there was a problem with the riser blocks on her rifl e and I asked her if she was here with a coach and she said ‘No’ and started to puddle up a little and I said ‘No, no, no, don’t you cry because you’ll


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