Here’s another great example of 4-H’ers taking the skills that they’ve learned and putting them to use as they get older and leave the ranks as 4-H club members, not only to win awards but also to help others.
On March 16, several former 4‑H’ers, now members of the Michigan State University Rifle and Pistol Club, took top honors at the awards ceremony for the National Rifle Association (NRA) Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship at Fort Benning, Ga. Led by Amos and Clayton Peck of Ingham County and Tyler Luce of St. Joseph County, MSU won the Air Rifle Team title. Amos Peck was the 2012 Air Rifle Individual champion. Tyler Luce came in second.
Said MSU outreach specialist Dale Elshoff, “Amos and Clayton Peck and Tyler Luce have been involved in 4-H Shooting Sports for many years, and working with 4-H volunteer instructor and MSU volunteer rifle coach Keith Hein is the main reason they choose to affiliate with the MSU shooting team. More importantly, they are great young men. People talk about them like they are talking about Draymond Green and Kirk Cousins. It’s been a pleasure and honor to work with all three of these athletes.”
Amos, Clayton and Tyler have been training with team members Elijah Bean, Andrew Traciak and assistant coach Angelina Taylor for years under instructors trained through the 4-H program.
Amos will compete at the USA Shooting National Junior Olympic Championship in Colorado Springs in April.
Coach Hein credits the 4-H Shooting Sports Program with the success of the MSU Demmer Center Shooting Sports Education and Training Center.
He said, “It would not have been possible to open the Demmer Center without 4-H Shooting Sports. The program would not exist without the commitment by 4-H leaders and the talent that came out of 4-H.”
He went on to say, “I’m extremely proud of these young people and their efforts. You can’t buy the credibility and the commitment or the character that these young people have – that comes out of our 4-H programs. Their success comes out of that commitment they made to be the best at their sport and take it to the level that they do.”
The kids also use their expertise to help coach local home-school programs. They give back to the community by teaching others what they learned.