Four Jefferson County 4-H youths have qualified to compete alongside 700 4-H youths from 36 states in the 2020 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, hosted by the University of Nebraska Lincoln and Nebraska 4-H.
The competition will take place June 21-26, 2020, at the Heartland Public Shooting Park near Alda, Nebraska, and the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships is a free event and open to the public. Youths ages 14-18 will compete in 27 events across nine disciplines, including compound archery, recurve archery, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzle loading and hunting skills.
Seth Colton, Carson King, James Lange and Logan Lee, along with coach Kevin Tollefson, will represent the state of Oregon in the Shotgun Discipline.
"Jefferson County 4-H Shooting Sports is proud to have a team of four youth participating in the Shotgun Discipline at the National Championships. They have worked very hard to get to this point," said Jon Gandy, Jefferson County 4-H coordinator with Oregon State University.
It is unusual for an entire state team to come from one county, which makes the 2020 shotgun team very special, he said.
At the event, 54 national 4-H champions, both individuals and teams, will be named. About 1,800 participants, coaches and families will be in attendance at the event.
Shooting sports have been a part of the 4-H Youth Development program since the 1930s. The 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports program uses the skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people in developing life skills and promotes the highest standards of safety and sportsmanship, according to program information.
In Jefferson County, the 4-H Shotgun Club has been supported by local businesses and individuals, as well as through grants from Oregon Shooting Sports Education and Promotion and the Friends of the NRA.
For more information or to supporting the national team in its fundraising efforts, call Carol Tollefson at 541-292-8962.
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