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Students, alumni and friends invited to shooting range to Shoot for Success

April 27, 2006

Abilene Christian University’s second annual Shoot for Success Sporting Clays Tournament will take place May 6 at Elm Fork Shooting Park in Dallas.

In the event’s second year, participation is increasing and more people are networking to support two outstanding causes, said Bill Minick, 1982 ACU alumnus and founder of the event.

Minick said the concept for Shoot for Success evolved from brainstorming with ACU development officer Troy Stirman when they met at gun range to shoot a round of sporting clays.

“As we walked around the course, the thought of a sporting clays fundraiser to benefit ACU scholarships and Texoma Youth Camps came to mind,” he said. “On a short timeline, we set our minds to developing and promoting such an event.”

Shoot for Success proceeds benefit the V.W. Kelley Scholarship program awarded by the ACU Alumni Advisory Board. One graduating man and woman are awarded the V.W. Kelley Scholarship each spring for graduate studies. This scholarship is awarded on scholastic aptitude and community involvement.

ACU’s College of Business Administration scholarship program also receives funds from Shoot for Success. COBA scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who major in accounting, financial management, management or marketing.

Another portion of Shoot for Success funds goes directly to Texoma Youth Camp which operates camps each summer for girls and boys ages 9 through 14, staffed by volunteer members of the Churches of Christ. Many “camperships” are awarded each year to kids who cannot afford the nominal fee.

Jacob Martin, Shoot for Success coordinator, said that this event is for everyone who wants to contribute to great causes.

“This will be a great opportunity for alumni, students and friends to have a good time and, at the same time, support ACU scholarships and Texoma Youth Camp,” Martin said.

The competition encourages four-person teams; however, individuals may register independently if they wish. The event requires all participants to bring his or her shotgun to the tournament, but earplugs, safety glasses and shotgun shells will be provided.

The tournament costs $95 per shooter, which includes a catered lunch and a prize bag; $12 will purchase lunch only.

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