LYNDON CENTER -- Lyndon Institute has received grant funds from the MidwayUSA Foundation, a public charity working to provide financial support through its Team Endowment Account Program to support a new skeet and sporting clays club, the NEK Clayshooters. The grant will cover team expenses, such as ammunition, targets, and entry fees for competitions and travel.

The club was formed with the assistance from members of the Northeast Kingdom Skeet and Sporting Clays Club (NEKSC) of Burke, Paul Brouha, one of the directors of NEKSC and LI trustee Dave Stahler Sr. The club will be supervised by LI history teacher Chris Raymond and LI automotive teacher, Dan Camber. In addition, Raymond, Camber, Brouha and Stahler will serve as coaches. Fred Cornell, a lieutenant with the Vermont State Police, will also serve as a volunteer range safety officer. Currently, Brouha, Stahler and Raymond are certified shotgun coaches through the National Rifle Association.

The club began the second week of April and continues each Tuesday for the remainder of the school year. Shotguns must be either 12 or 20 gauge, over/under (O/U) style or semi-automatic. All firearms must pass a safety inspection each time they are used on the range. Students who do not own a shotgun may obtain one from the NEKSC.

The club is open to all classes, freshmen through seniors. Starting in the fall, for the school year 2015-2016 and subject to space, Lyndon Institute will welcome students from all area high schools wishing to participate in the club. To cover insurance, all club athletes must join the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP-$20 fee) and complete a medical waver and a signed sportsmanship contract. Students will be required to provide signed permission forms from their parents/guardians and all activities will take place at the NEKSC range in Burke. All club members must be in good academic and community standing in order to participate.

MidwayUSA Foundation grants totaling over $1.4 million were sent to 475 youth shooting teams in the most recent grant cycle. Teams are eligible to apply for a grant once per year and can grow their Team Endowment Account through soliciting private donations (which are matched 1:1), earnings, and fundraisers. The MidwayUSA Foundation supports 2,000 shooting teams across the country. For information regarding the MidwayUSA Foundation, visit www.midwayusafoundation.org.

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