by Christina Paladeau Note: This article was originally posted on NRA Blog
USA -(Ammoland.com)- In a rural landscape of fertile valleys, rising peaks, protected forests and dammed lakes, Graham County, N.C., sits at the border of Tennessee and the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. Despite being one of the state’s least populous counties, it is home to two shooting sports programs creating valuable opportunities for local youth.
Graham County 4-H Shooting Sports has grown by leaps and bounds in the last five years. With the support of NRA Foundation grants, enrollment has risen from just a handful of participants to 36 kids enrolled in the current year.
The program allows local youth to compete in a variety of events, including air rifle, air pistol, .22LR pistol, muzzleloader, trap, sporter and match divisions of .22LR rifle, compound bow and recurve bow. In 2016, 17 of the then 32 members competed at the district competition. Fifteen went on to compete at the 4-H State competition, where four members—Grady Garland, Justin Lynn, Garrett Holder and Drey Keener—received individual awards.