Making a Difference

Hear Their Stories

Your support has helped and continues to help young athletes all around the nation. Team-based youth shooting sports provides a level playing field to all, with no such thing as being benched. Incredible stories of triumph, resolve, growth, and more arise from our programs. We’ve highlighted a few of those stories here to share with the rest of the world.

A True Success Story: Jack’d up for Trap

Five years ago seems like so long ago for Jack Gerstmeier. At the age of 10 1/2, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. Type 1 diabetes means that your pancreas no longer produces insulin that turn sugar and carbs into energy your body can use. It meant from now on he would require at least 4 shots a day to control his blood sugar for this chronic disease.


Makayla Scott’s incredible achievements on the field include team CZ-USA shotgun ambassador and Guinness World Record holder…. But her introduction as a Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) athlete came from a simple desire: to go to college.

In Her Element

During the first day of St. Mary’s Trap Team practice for Emily Ferguson, she promptly told her coach she was left-eye dominant. When questioned her confidence in that answer before the drill had even begun, she playfully replied, “I only have one eye, trust me on this one.” 

Emily Ferguson’s many accomplishments include High Overall Grand Champion of the SCTP Tennessee Trap State Championship and shooting a 199/200 at Nationals 2019, winning the Rudy Cup, an award only given to the top shooter from Tennessee at Nationals, becoming the first female in history to claim the title.

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