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National 4-H Shooting Sports Joins NSSF’s Project ChildSafe®
to Emphasize Responsible Firearm Storage
NEWTOWN, Conn., and TRAPPE, MD – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF®) announced today that National 4-H Shooting Sports, a leading shooting education and youth development program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will join forces with Project ChildSafe to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage across the country.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (June 1, 2015) - At only 18 years old, Lydia Paterson (Kansas City, Kansas) has solidified herself as a world-class pistol athlete by earning an Olympic Quota in Women’s Air Pistol at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Munich, Germany.
Lydia started in 4-H shooting sports when she was eight years old. Having been in the program until this year when she ages out. She held the 2010 Daisy National BB gun title; broke the National Jr air pistol record by two points that has been held since 1995 a year before she was born; and now has earned an Olympic quota for the United States of America in air pistol that has not been earned since 2005.
Lydia’s brother, Caleb has won three 4-H National Shooting titles and is now helping coach the Kansas National 4-H team. Her father, Ron and mother Letha have been active in 4-H since 2006. Lydia’s mom says that “We believe in this program and what it has done for our family bringing us together and teaching us a lifestyle of helping others to achieve their own goals in life.”
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Focusing on Youth Development
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