To the Editor
I would like to invite the people in Riley and Pottawatomie counties interested in youth activities to attend the Riley/Pottawatomie 4-H Straight Shooters matches on March 22 and 23.
The BB gun match will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 22, and the air pistol and air rifle matches will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 23, at Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park.
These matches will feature 4-H youth from across Kansas showcasing the skills they have learned in 4-H Shooting Sports. In 4-H Shooting Sports, youth learn gun safety, marksmanship and other life skills.
4-H Shooting Sports has taught me a great deal about myself and has shaped who I am as a person. I started shooting in the Riley County/Pott County Straight Shooters when I first joined 4-H. The BB gun program trained me to be a marksman and laid the foundation of my shooting knowledge. When I was too old to shoot in the BB-gun division, I moved to air rifle, then to small bore and muzzle loading.
Shooting sports incorporate all the life skills 4-H strives to teach. One of the most important life skills that 4-H Shooting Sports teaches is personal safety. Shooting Sports teaches the principles of safe gun handling, and that is a life skill that can be passed on to anyone using a firearm.
4-H shooting has given me the opportunity to showcase my skills in competitions at the county, state and national levels throughout my 4-H career. Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports was the stepping stone for me to move on to more competitive shooting opportunities like the NRA national matches and USA Shooting Junior Olympics.
Please come to Pottorf Hall in Manhattan on March 22 and 23 to watch the 4-H youth participants practice their shooting skills in a safe and controlled environment.