The National Wild Turkey Federation, founded in 1973 and headquartered in Edgefield, South Carolina, is a national nonprofit organization focused on upland wildlife conservation. The NWTF is one of several conservation groups who partner with MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc. to support high school and college shooting teams through mentorship and assistance in fundraising activities, culminating in teams eventually conducting their own fundraising events.
Both conservation group donations and a percentage of team fundraising event proceeds are deposited into permanent team endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc. Funds raised by shooting teams are matched by the Potterfield family. These accounts provide a source of perpetual team sustainment funding for the shooting teams’ ammunition expenses, range and competition fees, travel, and operating costs.
Additionally, teams are able to apply for annual grants of up to 5% of their account balance. This generous donation from the National Wild Turkey Federation to Martin County West High School Shooting team provides a positive avenue for teams to build a secure financial future.
The Martin County West High School Shooting Team was recognized at the Watonwan River Longbeards NWTF Banquet on April 12, 2013 at the St. James VFW.
The NWTF plans to continue to support other Minnesota High School Shooting Teams in future years. This year they also gave endowments to three other schools Shooting Teams; Blaine, Apple Valley, and South St. Paul Secondary.
“Competitive shooting teams provide wonderful opportunities for students to make friends, to develop confidence, and learn discipline and leadership skills. However, most schools provide little or no funding for shooting teams, so it’s up to us to help,” says Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO, MidwayUSA.