Junior Shooting Sports members sought

Legion Post 147 of Jasper is looking for a few new members of its Junior Shooting Sports Program. New young shooting enthusiasts in Jasper and the surrounding communities may take advantage of an organized shooting sports program. The program will begin on Sept. 19 and will continue until early April. The program is a seven-month program.

The activity, sponsored by the Dubois County Post 147 of The American Legion, is open to young men and women from age 12 through 18. The program is designed to teach youngsters the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes of responsibly firearm ownership. It also will feature the development of basic marksmanship skills using .177 caliber air rifles. There is no cost to this program. All equipment is provided and is of the highest quality.

An open house is scheduled at the post home at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the basement where the firing range is located. All interested students must attend the open house. Only one open house is offered per shooting year. The meeting will last approximately one hour, a parent or guardian is also required to attend. Student population and basic information will be discussed. Potential students will have the opportunity to fire the modern Target Grade Crossman Challenger .177 caliber rifle and the CZ 200 .177 caliber Air Rifle. The number of new shooters is limited.

If chosen the athletes will become members of the Southern Indiana Sharpshooters Club, which meet weekly each Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Post. Some training on Sundays may be necessary from 1 to 3 p.m. for students who may need additional training and practice. Sundays will be flexible due to traveling and home matches that are held on Saturdays throughout the year. The club participates with other American Legion shooting clubs such as Seymour, Versailles and Georgetown just to name a few.

Interested students and parents desiring information should contact Coach Daniel Lawson at 661-2440 or dble754@gmail.com as soon as possible. Visit Facebook and click on “Southern Indiana Sharpshooters” for numerous photos of activities.

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