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USA Shooting to Host Second National Sporting Clay Cup


The USA Shooting Team


send-off celebration and fundraiser is set for July 7-9, as the National Sporting Clay Cup makes its return to Houston and the American Shooting Centers. USA Shooting raised over


$250,000 during their in- augural shoot in 2014 and with Rio in Sight, this will be the can’t-miss sporting clays fundraiser of the summer ZLWK DWKOHWHV PDNLQJ À QDO preparations to compete at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Plenty


of competition and interac- tion with 2016 U.S. Olympic Team members will accom- pany the event that includes a private benefactor dinner and practice session, along with Saturday’s main event. “It takes a lot of energy to


jump into something like this and make it successful,” said event chairman and USA Shooting Board mem- ber Butch Eller.


“But when


\RX ORRN DW EHQHÀ FLDULHV the athletes of USA Shoot- ing, you know you’re doing it for all the right reasons. 6XFFHVV GXULQJ RXU À UVW event hinged on creating an event that was meaning- ful and enjoyable for those with an appreciation for the USA Shooting Team.


Now,


we’re working hard on how to achieve greater depth and opportunity with fundraising and making this event much more national in scope.” The fundraiser uses the


very popular shotgun disci- pline of sporting clays as the draw to lure shooting sport enthusiasts to support the USA Shooting Team as they head toward the upcoming Games as well as give the organization the headstart it needs in preparing for the next four years.


As the only non-govern- ment supported Olympic shooting team in the world, USA Shooting relies heavily on donors and sponsors to help maintain a history of success that includes 107 Olympic medals. Individuals and/or or- ganizations looking to help support USA Shooting but who cannot participate in the event can buy a spot in the event and/or sponsor a team and provide Hous- ton-area youth and military members the chance to par- ticipate.


Energizing the event will


be the hometown return of 2008 Olympic gold med- DOLVW *OHQQ (OOHU WKH À UVW American male in the Shot- JXQ GLVFLSOLQH WR PDNH À YH Olympic Teams in his career. He earned his ticket to Rio by virtue of a late-season run last summer, including D VL[WK SODFH À QLVK DW WKH World Championships, to earn an outright nomination to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.


Eller’s Olympic return was


boosted by an intense prac- tice session that followed a


Vincent Hancock, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Glenn Eller, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist


Morgan Craft, 2015 World Champion


USA Shooting Biennial


national sporting clay cup


For more information, contact Butch Eller at the American Shooting Centers at (713) 556-8199, ext. 213 or by cell at (713) 206-1300.


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Pan Am performance that VDZ KLP À QLVK IRXUWK (OOHU put in even more training time than usual leading up to World Cup Gabala (Azer- baijan). His father, Butch, estimates he probably went through 6,000 targets dur- ing that intensive training spell with many days leading to exhaustion by days end. The pay-off included a win in Gabala, which catapulted Eller into position to secure an Olympic bid. His year also included a sixth-place À QLVK DW WKH $FDSXOFR :RUOG Cup.


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Olympic Team helps add to Eller’s legacy as Olym- pic gold medalist, two-time World Champion, and 14- time World Cup medalist. Conveniently located on


563 acres in George Bush Park, American Shooting Centers has been a recre-


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ational shooter’s paradise since 1989 in the Houston area. The facility features D 5LÁ H 3LVWRO 5DQJH ZLWK over 100 positions, a Trap & Skeet Range and four cham- pionship Sporting Clays courses. Charity and cor- porate clay events of 800 or more shooters are regularly held on the Sporting Clays courses. Kruse Interests is working


in coordination with Ameri- can Shooting Centers and USA Shooting to help man- age and organize the event. For more information,


contact Butch Eller at the American Shooting Cen- ters at (713) 556-8199, ext. 213 or by cell at (713) 206-1300.


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