by Emily Snyder - Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Bill Bachenberg (center), NRA Women’s Leadership Forum co-chair Suzie Brewster (left) and Vice President of the NRA Foundation Bill Brewster (right) were just a few of the NRA Ring of Freedom Host Committee members who made the First Annual National Disability Awareness Shoot possible.
In addition to a silent auction, attendees had the opportunity to sign a grid worth $200 per block in support of the Homes 4 Wounded Hero's program. Donations benefited the Military Warriors Support Foundation, which uses funds to award mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After a day of clay shooting, participants, sponsors and supporters gathered at the scenic Bear Creek Mountain Resort for the event’s reception and dinner sponsored by Colt Industries and the National Rifle Association. Attendees enjoyed a night of great food, entertainment and fellowship.
A big thanks to Certified Angus Beef for donating the USDA Prime Steaks!
David Grace was one of many disabled participants who took advantage of the motorized Action Trackchairs available, one of which was donated at the event. The chairs are the ultimate in off-road wheelchairs and give disabled individuals the ability to traverse terrain, which would otherwise be impossible to navigate using a traditional wheelchair.
Participants encouraged and instructed one another throughout the day, as many were first-time clay shooters or had been estranged from the shooting sports for years due to their injuries. Rob Gilbaugh (left) spent a great deal of time with David Grace (right), who was new to sporting clays.
Bachenberg (right) was able to work closely with several disabled individuals to better understand their unique needs from a range owner’s perspective in an effort to improve their overall shooting experience. Pro shooter Trevor Baucom (left), member of Team Smith & Wesson, participated in the clinic.
The event began with an Adaptive Shooting Sports clinic. Owner of Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays and NRA Board Member Bill Bachenberg (2nd from right) and NRA President James Porter (right) led an open discussion about what range improvements could be made to improve accessibility and mobility for disabled shooters. David Grace (left) of Honeoye, N.Y., Justin Ubel of Pen Argyl, Pa., and Rob Gilbaugh of Coatesville, Pa., were just a few of the shooters who weighed in on the subject.
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