The Student Air Rifle Program (SAR), an effort developed by the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance—a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization—has received a grant from the NRA Foundation that will help in the purchase of equipment for Pennsylvania schools.
“Programs like SAR allow students an opportunity to learn firearms safety and shooting sports fundamentals promoting character, responsibility, and self-esteem,” said Kory Enck, NRA Foundation senior field representative for Western Pennsylvania. “We are pleased to be a part of the SAR Pennsylvania effort.”
During the inaugural Pennsylvania Basic Air Riflery Instructor Training in October, SAR was presented with an $8,000 check from the NRA Foundation offsetting the cost of the first Pennsylvania SAR schools. “Funds raised locally in PA were used to offer two separate grants for SAR. The grants, one for Western PA and one for Eastern PA, help schools complete their SAR equipment purchase,” Kory explained.
SAR uses school-aligned units of study, teacher training, universal whistle commands and positive language to facilitate an introduction to the lifetime sport of target shooting to school-aged youth in grades 4 through 12. “Standardized equipment allows all participants to be on a level playing field and erodes the potential for financial background or social status to have an impact on the participation of any student,” its website explains.
“We value our partnership with the NRA Foundation and look forward to expanding SAR in Pennsylvania,” said Jake Hindman, President and CEO of SAR.
Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans.