Announcing Exclusive Partnership with National Scholastic Clay Target Program

Feb 24, 2023

Tennessee SCTP Athletes celebrating together

Tennessee Wildlife Federation and Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) are proud to announce a partnership for their respective programs: Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (Tennessee SCTP) and National Scholastic Clay Target Program (National SCTP).

This partnership will enhance the experience for athletes and the administrative roles for coaches.

“Since 2001, Tennessee Wildlife Federation has provided young Tennesseans with the premier shooting sports program in the state through the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program,” said Ashley Tone, Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program Manager. “As a former Tennessee SCTP athlete myself, I am proud to be a part of the driving force behind promoting shooting sports in my home state and propelling our program forward.”

Tennessee SCTP provides youth, age 9 through college, an opportunity to participate in shotgun shooting sports—trap, skeet, and sporting clays—with peers from across the state.

The program is designed to teach the importance of safe firearms handling, responsibility, leadership, teamwork, and to promote healthy competition. 

Athlete aiming her firearm

“All of us at Tennessee Wildlife Federation see the positive impact this program makes on so many athletes and their families, as well as increasing outdoor recreation and conservation in our state,” said Tone. “We are excited to be strengthening and expanding the opportunities for our teams through a new partnership with National SCTP.” 

Through this partnership: 
  • Tennessee SCTP will use SSSF’s robust scoring and registration system, SHOT, for all team registration and competitions.
  • National SCTP will provide liability insurance for all teams participating in Tennessee SCTP events.
  • All Tennessee SCTP teams will become members of the National SCTP, providing additional opportunities for scholarships, academic recognition, ammunition purchasing opportunities, and more.
  • Tennessee SCTP will continue the management of all teams, athletes, coaches, and events in the state of Tennessee.

A Win for All

“Partnering with Tennessee Wildlife Federation is a win-win,” stated Tom Wondrash, SCTP’s National Director and co-president of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. “Having Tennessee Wildlife Federation promote and support the national programs’ agenda will insure all of the benefits contained in the stated MOU as well as help high school graduates with college placement at no charge to them! We are all about opportunity and with this MOU, all Tennessee athletes will have the same benefits as athletes across the country due to the willingness of Tennessee Wildlife Federation to give their Tennessee athletes the best support they can give them.”

SCTP Background

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) has been hosting shotgun shooting events for fourth graders through college since its inception in 2001 by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

SCTP hosts some of the largest shooting events in the world, including the SCTP National Championships. This year will reach record-breaking numbers with more than 3,500 athletes, 9,000 registrations, and about 2 million clay targets to be thrown, marking yet another milestone in youth clay target shooting.

Tennessee SCTP Background

With more than 1,600 athletes participating annually and more than 55 gold medals won at the SCTP National Championships, Tennessee SCTP is one of the largest and most successful programs in the country.

Several Tennessee SCTP athletes and coaches have been chosen for Junior Olympic Development Camps, earned spots on Team USA, earned Collegiate National Championships, All-American recognition, and other National/World titles. The program has been covered in more than 30 national magazines and 10 nationally broadcasted television shows. To get involved in Tennessee SCTP, visit tnwf.org/explore.

If you would like to learn more about the Tennessee or National SCTP programs, please contact Ashley Tone at atone@tnwf.org or Tom Wondrash at Tom@mysctp.com

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