The 2nd Annual NRA Sports Youth Day held on Sunday, April 27 at the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana, offered activities the entire family could take pleasure in. Roughly 800 youth and their parents joined in on the excitement where they could try their hands at everything from cattle roping to Pinewood Derby Races, NRA Sports 3 Gun Experience/AirSoft to Pioneer Town, families could enjoy a handful of activities that the NRA is involved in.
The participants were given a pit card and were able to partake in the "Sponsor’s 100", a scavenger hunt through the exhibit hall to the ten different Youth Day Sponsor’s booths which included: Eddie Eagle®, Brownells, Sure-Shot Game Calls, Marlin, Remington, Winchester, Crosman, Weatherby, Smith & Wesson and the NRA booth. Other sponsors of Youth Day were Project Appleseed, Boyt, LaserShot and Magpul. Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors were located in the Sponsor’s booths to sign autographs and to sign off on the pit cards. Once the pit card was completed, it had to be returned to the Ballroom to receive a ticket for the drawing of prizes. Over 100 prizes were donated from Event Sponsors.
Afther the Sponsor’s 100, the youth and their families gathered for the drawing of prizes and an ice cream social. It was a packed house as everyone waited for their number to be called. It was heart melting to see some of these kids receive their prize and how thankful they were of NRA and the various Sponsors of Youth Day. One boy even received an airsoft rifle and kindly gave it to the boy sitting next to him who eagerly wanted his number to be called for the prize.
A fourteen year old boy participated with his younger siblings and parents and said, "This was awesome! You had something for all the kids." Claudia Olsen, NRA Youth Program Coordinator, said, "The participants, whether they were kids or parents, found something they could try. We saw a lot of adults try the cattle roping and barrel racing. Pete Brownell, NRA 2nd Vice President, even took a swing at cattle roping."
The 2014 NRA Sports Youth Day at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits was a huge success!