New Student Organization Receives Grant

December 29, 2016

The University of South Carolina Aiken Shotgun Team– a new student organization on campus – received a hefty one-time grant of $10,000 from the National Shooting Sports Foundation to help defray student members’ costs.

“Participating in shooting sports is expensive, and I have worked to create financial and product donation partnerships with local and national sponsors and writing grant applications such the one with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to help offset the costs and make it affordable for its members to participate,” said Alex Richardson, a founder and president of the university’s shotgun club.

He says that the main expense of this sport is in the consumables – the targets and shells.  A typical practice or event involves each member shooting 100 targets.  For 10 members, that's about $350 in ammunition and another $350 in targets at the student discounted rate.  On top of that, there are travel and registration fees which average approximately $100 for each member participating in competitions and events. The bulk of the NSSF grant funds will be used to pay primarily for targets and shells.

“It is important for the team members and the community to understand the value and importance of our sponsors, both those that assist us financially and those that provide products and discounted services to us in order to operate,” Richardson says.  

“Funding from any one source is exhaustible, and there are always other potential sponsors that may be looking when you least expect it.   Sponsors and support from the community will be the key to the continued existence of the club.”

The NSSF’s Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative helps new collegiate clubs get started.  Grants like this are available for first-year teams only.  Nationwide, only 10 are awarded each year.  

“We are extremely fortunate to be Grant #9 for 2016-2017 project period.  Being awarded one of these grants is as competitive as the sport itself,” said Richardson, an education major.

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USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.