|Participants register for the 2nd Annual Sporting|
Clays Invitational. Photo by R.W. Firth/American
Proceeds from the Invitational will go to support the Service to the Armed Forces programs like, Homes for Veterans, Emergency Communications, Material Support for Service Members and Homeless Veteran Standdowns. Koby Langely, Senior Vice President for Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces flew in for the event. “It is great to see this kind of support for our Service to Armed Forces programs,” Langely said. “The money we raise from this event will go a long way to support our service members, their families and veterans.”
|General Gene Renuart (L) addresses the participants at the 2nd|
Annual Sporting Clays Invitational. CEO Gino Greco stands
in the background. Photo by R.W. Firth/American Red Cross
|Participants receive a detailed safety briefing prior to|
the opening of the 2nd Annual Sporting Clays Invitational.
Photo by R.W.Firth/American Red Cross
The Red Cross was conceived on the battlefield, with the original mission of supporting service members, and throughout the years has worked diligently to support our military and their families. Emergency communications, deployment services for military and their families, and veteran services are just some of the areas the Red Cross supports today. Red Cross considers their Services to the Armed Forces branch their proudest and most heartfelt mission with over a century of service.
Sporting Clays is a timeless sport dating back to the mid-1800s in England. Game hunting was reserved for “landed gentry”, (Lords, Earls, Barons, etc.) who owned large estates with almost unlimited game. One had to be invited to hunt on the private property, which was often a mark of social standing. Poor marksmen could be passed over for the coveted invitation. Originally devised as a way to sharpen one’s shooting skills for live game hunting, clay shooting soon evolved into a sport in its own right, as participants became engrossed in the continuous availability of the clay targets. Today, Sporting Clays is the one of the fastest growing shotgun disciplines.
A special thank you to The Anschutz Corporation for providing lunch. Many thanks to all of the sponsors, especially ARROW, Christian P. Anschutz Foundation, Andy Cain, and El Pomar Foundation.
Additional photos of the 2nd Annual Sporting Clays Invitational are viewable on our Flickr album.